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VOL 23 NO 58 REGD NO DA 1589 | Dhaka, Friday, January 8 2016
Posted : 08 Jan, 2016 20:23:36 AA-A+
Judicial probe sought into land grabbing by Thakurgaon MP

Rights activists in Dhaka on Friday demanded a judicial probe into the allegation of grabbing a land of Hindu families in Thakurgaon by ruling party MP Dabirul Islam.


The local Awami League MP has already grabbed a portion of land of a minority at Thakurgaon's Baliadangi upazila along Indian border and now he is trying to occupy the remaining land of the families, they told a press conference at Jatiya Press Club after conducting an independent probe into the allegation.


A probe team, led by Ain O Shalish Kendra executive director Sultana Kamal, visited spot at Paria Union of Baliadangi uazila during November 25-26, 2015.


The probe findings were presented at the press conference organised by Association for Land Reform and Development (ALRD).      


Reading out a written statement, general secretary of the Vested Property Act Protection Movement Advocate Subrata Chowdhury said MP of Tkakurgaon-2 constituency Dabirul Islam and his family members have set up a tea garden 'Ranbag Islami Tea Estate Company' in the bordering areas of the upazila.


10 Hindu families have 35 acres of arable land and a tea garden inside the tea estate spreading over 106 acres surrounded by Indian border in three sides, he said.


The Hindu families used one acre of land of Akul Chandra Singh's family as corridor to go to their land of Ranbag Islami Tea Estate Company. Advocate Subrata Chowdhury said the MP occupied that portion of land so that the Hindu families cannot go to their land for farming.   


The rights activists alleged that MP's men attacked some members of the Hindu families on June 19, 2015 and asked them to sell their land to the tea estate.


Sultana Kamal urged the authorities concerned to take stern actions against the people involved in land grabbing and attacking the Hindu families, according to UNB. - Idrak


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