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8 Gopalganj families confined in homes get pathway

  • Published at 08:24 pm October 3rd, 2018
Enthusiast neighbourhood gathers to watch the wall coming down on Wednesday, October 3, 2018 Dhaka Tribune

There are allegations that Nur Islam Sheikh, a local influential man had erected a wall that fully obstructed the pathway to families’ residences

Eight families confined in their homes for two years by an influential quarter in Kotalipara upazila of Gopalganj over land dispute, got pathway after the administration evicted the wall erected illegally.  

Local sources say, Kotalipara nirbahi officer (UNO) SM Mahfuzur Rahman evicted a portion of the wall on Wednesday morning built around the residences of the victims.

Isabul Sheikh, a member of the confined families, said the UNO visited the spot after the Dhaka Tribune published  news over the issue recently.

The UNO asked both the victims and the  influential quarter to submit documents of the land.

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After examining the papers, the UNO ordered the law enforcers to evict the wall.

Isabul says members of the confined families expressed their gratitude to Dhaka Tribune families for publishing the news.

The UNO says the families are now free as they have got a proper pathway to use instead of climbing a wall.

He also says the rest of the wall will be evicted soon.

There are allegations that Nur Islam Sheikh, a local influential man had erected a wall that fully obstructed the pathway to families’ residences. Those living inside the walls are forced to use ladders to enter and exit their own homes.

The families, especially the children and seniors, were facing immense suffering because of the wall surrounding their homes. 

They complained that they were threatened with violence and false cases, whenever they tried to protest the inhuman act of blocking their homes off from the neighbourhood.

Speaking with the correspondent, 4th grader Jit Biswas, 5th grader Aurup Somadder, 3rd grader Kanti Joydhar and 2nd grader Devasree Biswas said they felt practically imprisoned in their own homes, and risked injury every time while climbing the ladder to attend school and going to play. 

The children added that for two years they were living confined lives.

A number of locals, including Chipmoni Biswas, Arati Biswas, Subodh Samadder, Sukhranjan Joydhar, Khagen Biswas and Akkas Sheikh told the Dhaka Tribune that Nur Islam Sheikh is wealthy businessman and an influential person, who hails from Tungipara upazila. 

Nur bought some land from Biren Biswas of Tarur Bazar area three years ago. However, there are allegations that he grabbed land belonging to 53 families in the area since then.

He built the wall, which reportedly blocked off the homes of eight families for the past two years.

The Dhaka Tribune Published the news over the issue on September 25.