'The railway authorities wrote back with a reference to the High Court order that said there was no bar to conduct eviction drives'
The Bangladesh Railway halted a scheduled eviction drive to reclaim its lands in Chittagong after a local lawmaker intervened.
The railway authorities were scheduled to reclaim 26 acres of its land at Motijharna area. Beginning on December 2, the eviction drives were supposed to be completed by December 8.
However, Chittagong 10 MP Afsarul Amin sent a letter to the General Manager (East) of Bangladesh Railway on November 23 last, asking for a halt.
MP Afsarul Amin said: “Some locals came to me with some documents showing the lands were disputed and under court trials. So, I wrote a letter to the railway authorities with reference to those documents.
“The railway authorities wrote back with a reference to the High Court order that said there was no bar to conduct eviction drives.”
Bangladesh Railway Divisional Estate Officer Mahbub-ul-Karim said the drive will continue with due process and was not cancelled. "Honouring the member of parliament, it has been postponed; the higher authorities would decide the next move."
The railway authorities wrote back to the MP explaining to him that the Supreme Court had settled the ownership dispute over the land and gave an order in favour of the railway.
Nasir Uddin Ahmed, director general of Railway East, said they would soon fix the next eviction date to reclaim the lands.