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Forest officer’s brutal murder: Speakers demand exemplary punishment

  • Asked to provide compensation to Sajjaduzzaman’s family
  • Urged to ensure safety, and protection for forest workers
Update : 02 Apr 2024, 07:25 PM

Speakers during a rally strongly condemned the brutal killing of forest officer Md Sajjaduzzaman while performing his duties.

They demanded swift legal actions and exemplary punishments for those involved in the brutal killing.

The rally was held on Tuesday by a joint initiative of 23 organizations, including Bangladesh Poribesh Andolon (Bapa), Bangladesh Environmental Lawyers Association (Bela), and the Center for Atmospheric Pollution Studies (CAPS).

The rally was chaired by Bapa President Prof Nur Mohammad Talukder and was conducted by Bapa General Secretary Alamgir Kabir.

Previously, on August 7, 2020, Md Yusuf Uddin, a forest ranger of Maheshkhali, fell victim to abduction and murder by forest and hill looters.

The proper and exemplary trial for that incident has not yet been conducted. 

The continuous failure to suppress forest and hill looters has made these criminals bold and reckless, which led to Sajjaduzzaman becoming another victim of abduction and murder after Md Yusuf.

They further demand the arrest of forest and hill looters and effective measures to protect forests and hills through a five-point demand.

The demand includes

  1. Swift arrest of those involved in the brutal murder of Sajjaduzzaman and ensuring exemplary punishment under the law
  2. Providing proper compensation to the families of the late Md Yusuf and Sajjaduzzaman and ensuring medical treatment for the injured forest officer
  3. Ensuring safety and protection for the workers at increased risk from land grabbers in forestland protection
  4. Initiating effective measures to create a safe working environment
  5. Taking necessary actions to prevent the recurrence of such incidents in protecting the country's forests, hills, and rivers

Bapa President Prof Nur Mohammad Talukder said: "People can not survive without the protection of forests, hills, and the environment. Therefore, saving the country's resource is imperative. A few people hold the country's forests, hills, and rivers hostage. This hostage situation must be ended. Our movement will continue until justice is served for the murder of Sajjaduzzaman.”

Bela Chief Executive Syeda Rizwana Hasan said: "The most beautiful district of the country today is nearly destroyed by forest and hill looters.” 

She demanded the re-arrest of Yusuf's murderers who are out on bail and send them to jail, and immediate arrest and the highest punishment for the murderers of Sajjaduzzaman. 

She also strongly demanded the government take all responsibility for the sustenance of both their families.



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