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Bapa protests against illegal land grabbing in Dhaleshwari River

  • Published at 11:18 pm July 27th, 2018
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Members of Bapa protesting at the Shaheed Rafiq Bridge of the Singair upazila on Friday July 27, 2018Motiur Rahman

Bapa has claimed that the Northern Power Generation Company, owned by an Awami League MP has been illegally grabbing land in the river banks and inside the river to construct a power plant, giving a deaf ear to the laws of the country

Bangladesh Poribesh Andolon (Bapa) has formed a human chain, protesting the illegal acquiring of lands in and along the Dhaleshwari River, for the construction of a power plant, in Manikganj.

The hour long protest took place yesterday at the Shaheed Rafiq Bridge of the Singair upazila.

Bapa has claimed that the Northern Power Generation Company, owned by an Awami League MP has been illegally grabbing land in the river banks and inside the river to construct a power plant, giving a deaf ear to the laws of the country.

Bapa Vice President Syed Abul Maksud said Bangladesh was liberated in 1971 for economic and political freedom.

“On December 16, 1971, we achieved political freedom. Since then our country has been struggling for economic freedom,” he said.

“The sad thing is a class of industrialistswho talk about economic progress of the country is destroying the river, which will in turn destroy the country’s economy too. Apart from thatnone will be able to live in Bangladeshin 25 years if the problem persists.

“Today, women and rivers of Bangladesh are most endangered.”  Syed Maksud said.

Syed Maksud warned of tougher movements in the future if the grabbing of lands in Dhaleshwari River is not stopped now.

Members of the National River Protection Commission Sharmin Murshid, Bapa Coordinator Mihir Biswas, Bapa Joint Secretary Sharif Jamilur, Convenor of Manikganj of Dhaleshwari Bachao Andolan Advocate Ajaharul Islam Arju, Advocate Ati Rani Saha, Chairman of Kishanpur Union Parishad Abdul Hamid and Lecturer Yogidas Chandra Balu were present in the program, among others.

Earlier on June 26, the National River Conservation Commission (NRCC) Chairman Dr Muzibur Rahman visited the site and expressed his anger over the concerned government officials and local public representatives on the matter, after he received authentic information about the matter.

On the same day, Dr Muzibur in a meeting held at the district administration office, ordered the deputy commissioner and superintendent of police to demolish the illegal establishment in the river and its surrounding areas.

But the illegal grabbing of lands did not stop, even after Dr Muzibur’s orders.

On July1, a case was filed by the Assistant Officer of the local Dhalla Union Land Office (Naib) Md Nur Islamagainst five people including the Director of the Northern Power Generation Company Mostofa Moin , In-Charge Ashikus  Salam and Site Engineer Abul Kalam Azad under the Special Powers Act.

The other accused in the case are Joint General Secretary of Singair upazila Awami League Mohammad Shahidur Rahman (VP Shahid) and Chairman of Zarmitta union Abdul Halim Raju .

Construction of infrastructures for power plants by grabbing more than of 11 acres of government land, in and around the Dhaleshwari River, was mentioned in the case.

Several notices served by the District Administration and the local land office to Northern Power Generation Company that did not seem to be concerned about such correspondences.