Some local miscreants have attacked and injured a minority family in Magura’s Shalikha upazila to illegally occupy their two decimals of land.
Ramen Rajak, one of the victims living in Pulum Village under the upazila’s Gangarampur Union Parishad (UP), said some youths led by Kamruzzaman Karfu and Khairul Islam of the same village attacked them on Wednesday morning.
“As we were trying to build a tin-shed house on the land, the miscreants attacked and hit my parents and other family members with wooded sticks,” Ramen told reporters on Thursday.
They attackers also threatened his family members that they would forcibly send them to India and do more physical harm, he further said.
The local UP chairman, Sheikh Firoz, when contacted, attested to the incident.
“We had mediated the land dispute between Ramen and his rivals recently, but the latter attacked him,” he said.
Shalikha police station’s Officer-in-Charge Rabiul Hossain they received a complaint over the incident.
“We summoned both parties to our station tomorrow (Friday) to settle the issue,” he said.
Meanwhile, another minority community accused some officers and employees of Shahjahanpur land office of helping local miscreants occupy their ancestral land in Bogra.
Due to the situation, the family living Ganda Village in Ashekpur Union Parishad under the upazila is left extremely panicked, said its member they said.
They made the allegations in a press briefing in Bogra Press Club on Thursday.
A vested and influential quarter of different Union Parishads under the upazila are taking control over the pieces of land belonging to the minority community through forged documents and even muscle power in many cases, they alleged.
Pratap Mitra, a member of the minority family, said some unscrupulous officers and employees of the upazila land office, through bribe, are assisting the criminals in this regard.
He said a number of minority families of the upazila lost their land owing to illegal and forced occupation.
Pratap said one Nurun Nabi Pramanik of the same village had mutated one acre and 18 decimals of arable land to his name, which he had inherited from his father Jadu Nath Mitra.
“I learnt the matter while paying land taxes on April 22, 2015. Nurun Nabi had mutated the land out of our one acre and 41 decimals of ancestral land on May 24, 2014” he said.
Pratap sued Nurun Nabi on May 11, 2015, who along with his hired goons attacked Pratap in his house on January 7, 2016. Pratap yet again filed a case against Nurun Nabi on January 31 the same year as he and his family were feeling insecure greatly.
Despite an injunction being issued on the land on July 13 this year, Nurun Nabi had planted trees on 40 acres of land on July 15.
Meanwhile, Nurun Nabi defended himself, saying he just claimed his own land and terming the allegation baseless.
Shahjahan police station’s Sub-Inspector Masud Rana said they, in their investigation so far, has found evidence of Pratap’s inheritance over the land.
“Nurun Nabi illegally made plantation on the land,” he added.