Ctg dist admin vows to take action against land grabbers

Dhaka,  Thu,  21 September 2017
Published : 11 Jul 2017, 00:39:05
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Ctg dist admin vows to take action against land grabbers

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CHITTAGONG, July 10: The Chittagong district administration on Monday directed the Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO) of Sitakunda to immediately submit a report on grabbers of government land at Jungle Salimpur.

Deputy Commissioner of Chittagong Md Zillur Rahman Chowdhury also censured Nazmul Islam Bhuiyan, UNO of Sitakunda upazila, for being inactive against the illegal grabbers and for not to inform him about construction of hundreds of houses, shops and other establishments by illegal grabbers for a long time.

He said illegal grabbers have cut a large portion of government hills, built houses and rented the houses to the criminals who have turned the area into haven of crimes, most of whom are thugs and drug addicts.

Mr Chowdhury was speaking at the 17th meeting of the Hills Management Committee held at the conference hall of the Divisional Commissioner of Chittagong on Monday morning.

Presided over by divisional commissioner Md Ruhul Amin, the meeting was addressed, among others, by additional divisional commissioner Shankar Ranjan Saha, upazila nirbahi officers (UNOs), upazila chairmen and representatives of different government agencies and NGOs (non-governmental organisations).

The issue of evacuating people, through renewed raids by the magistrates, came up for discussion in the meeting. The administration said it would launch a massive drive for evacuating the people from hill pockets and take action against those who have built houses there.

"I have asked the railway authority who has a number of hills and other hills owned by the government and private owners in the city to evacuate people living in the hill pockets, but we could not do anything against those who have grabbed and cut government hills at Sitakunda illegally as the UNO, AC (land) and Tahsildar remained inactive for long," the deputy commissioner said.

He wanted to know when the UNO joined his office at Sitakunda and why he failed to take any action against the culprits.

Mr Nazmul said he had been working as Sitakunda UNO for the last two years. There is no easy access to Jungle Salimpur, he said, adding that access to the area is through Bayezid police station in the city.

Divisional commissioner Ruhul Amin also took a strong note of grabbing of government hills by influential people. "We will stop it now or never. We are the last persons to allow them to stay there any more," he said.

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