Locals alleged that Habibur Rahman, a resident of Kashiani upazila, had set up a brick field on a farmland which is adjacent to a populated area under the nose of local administration, much to cause serious harm to arable land as well as environment.
According to Burning of Bricks (control) Amendment Act 2010, setting up brick field within three kilometres of farmland, forest, township and human habitation area is illegal.
But Habibur Rahman has set up a brick kiln named “Habib and Company” in Purbapara area where he uses wood to burn bricks, alleged locals.
“Apart from this, Habibur is also trying to grab neighbouring land of the brick kiln,” said Md Fayekuzzaman, a resident of the area.
He said: “Habibur and his gang are now putting pressure on me to sell my land to him. As I refused to do so, he filed a fake case against me.”
He said locals did not dare to raise voices against him because he is very powerful.
Rezaul Alam, a resident of the upazila, said: “Habibur Rahman has set up a brick field beside my farmland. His men have already cut earth from the land without taking my permission. When I tried to resist him, he threatened me. He also filed a case fake case against me with Gopalganj Court.”
Several farmers of the area including, Enayet Hossain, Joynal Kholifa, Saifur Rahman, alleged that Habibur Rahman was trying to grab their land showing muscles power.
Though this correspondent could not manage comments from Habibur Rahman, as he did not receive phone calls.
Bidhan Tikadar, researcher of the Bangladesh Centre for Advance Studies (BCAS), said: “Establishing brick kilns in residential or agricultural land is illegal. We are fearing serious harm to the environment as “Habib and Company” has been established in farmland which is near human habitation.”
Kashiani Upazila Agricultural Officer Roshmoy Mondal said: “Paddy production can be decreased if any one builds brick kiln on farmland.”
UNO Md Kamrul Hasan said: “We will take necessary steps to shutdown the brick field built on agricultural land.”