Remains of trees bear testimony to felling of a large number of trees at the garden of Sultan Uddin at Fulanirchhit village in Sreepur upazila under Gazipur district yesterday. PHOTO: STAR
Criminals cut down more than three thousand acacia and jackfruit trees at a garden raised by one Sultan Uddin at Fulanirchhit village in Sreepur upazila under the district yesterday.
The miscreants also beat up Sultan and his relative Mozammel Haque when they tried to prevent the act.
Sultan submitted a written complaint in this connection with Sreepur Model Police Station against Ataur Rahman, Liton Miah, Ator Ali, Shah Jamal, Somun Miah, Uzzal and Shakil of the area.
"I leased about seven bighas of forest land at Fulanirchhit village in Sreepur upazila from the local forest department in 2003 and made a garden of fruits and forest trees there. Some local criminals often damaged the planted saplings of my garden. They threatened to kill me when I protested," Sultan Uddin said.
"At 5:00am today [June 30], miscreants armed with country-made weapons entered my garden and cut down more than three thousand acacia trees and 40 jackfruit trees and took away the logs on carts," he said.
Sultan alleged that the police did not take any steps against the miscreants even after filing of the complaint.
Instead, they brought him to the police station Sultan's relative Mozammel Haque, who tried to prevent the miscreants during the incident.
The officer in charge of Sreepur police station said they will take action after inquiry.
Sreepur forest range officer Abu Jafor visited the area.