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Three families walled in over land dispute in Habiganj

  • Published at 03:38 pm November 14th, 2017
Three families walled in over land dispute in Habiganj
A certain influential quarter has walled off three families from rest of the neighbourhood over a land dispute at Sultanshi village in Habiganj. The families, surrounded by concrete walls on all sides, are barely making ends meet as they are almost cut off from the rest of the neighbourhood. According to locals, Ayat Ali and his three brothers have been living in their property for the last four decades. However, two of their neighbours named Syed Shamsuddoha and Syed Fahim Mia allegedly conspired to evict Ayat Ali and his brothers some time ago, to grab their land illegally. Locals added that after failing to grab the land, Shamsuddoha and Fahim built concrete walls around the residence of the three families, severely hampering their right of free movement. Alternate roads leading away from the walled off home have been also allegedly blocked by spikes, preventing the children who reside there from attending schools. An elderly villager named Abdul Mannan told the Dhaka Tribune that the families that built the walls are "very influential" in the area, and people are afraid of speaking out about their inhuman treatment of their neighbours. A fifth grader named Abir, who is a member of one of the families that has been walled in, said he cannot go to school anymore and is a prisoner in his own home. An 85-year-old woman named Salatunnesa, who is also a victim, said she is ill but cannot seek treatment because of the walls surrounding her home. Another victim named Sohena Akter sought the support of local administration for rescuing them from this inhuman situation. Meanwhile, Fahim one of the people who built the walls said: “I built the walls on my property, and whether it is causing problems to someone else, is none of my concern.” Habiganj Sadar Model police station Officer-in-Charge Yasinul Haque told the Dhaka Tribune that police will launch an investigation on the matter after filing of a formal complaint over the issue.
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