In less than a month, four people have tried to deter drives against land occupied by a real estate company
Amin & Momin Developments Ltd—a housing company accused of land grabbing—has once-again run afoul of the law; a third person has been detained by authorities for allegedly interfering in a drive to reclaim parts of Turag River illegally occupied by the company.
On Wednesday, a mobile court conducted by the Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA), ordered that Khandaker Awlad Hossain be detained, slapping the housing company with a Tk20,000 fine.
Awlad, who serves as a legal adviser of the company, was later released against a pledge, said BIWTA Joint Director AKM Arif Uddin.
According to Joint Director Arif, BIWTA began excavating land in Basila, Dhaka, on Wednesday morning when Awlad appeared and interfered.
After contacting Amin & Momin Ltd, Jahangir Alam, a land manager, confirmed that Awlad is his co-worker.
Jahangir also alleged that BIWTA is conducting the drive on their property despite a High Court stay order.
He also claimed the company appreciates the government's move against river encroachment, but: “acquiring land by paying damages to respective landowners would be a wiser decision.”
This is the second time, in less than a month, that operations against the real estate company’s land have found an official nabbed by BIWTA for “trying to obstruct government activities.”
Earlier on February 14, a BIWTA mobile court ordered the detention of two executives—Md Awlad and Sohel Rana—for intervening in the drive. They were later handed over to a nearby police station.
Also on February 19, a man identifying himself as a leader of Bangladesh Chhatra League and his aides obstructed a drive against an Amin & Momin Ltd project in the same area.
The BIWTA raid will continue throughout Thursday, covering the west side of the Basila Bridge, and may also cover Chandrima Housing and Dhaka Udyan.