Qamrul Islam. Star file photo
State Minister for Law Qamrul Islam said on Saturday people grabbing khas lands of the farmers include men from both the Awami League and the BNP.
He said the grabbers do not belong to any party. They become loyal to the party which comes to power, the Bangla daily Prothom Alo reports.
Qamrul was speaking at a roundtable dialogue at a city hotel in Dhaka.
The talks styled "Access of the poor to khas lands and steps to overcome the obstacles" was arranged by Care -- a non-government organisation.
Qamrul said there have been specific rules in distributing khas lands among the landless farmers. The main challenge in execution of the rules is the political leadership.
Most of the housing companies, by creating fake papers, grab the khas lands with the support of government officials concerned, the minister said.
Land Minister Rezaul Karim said the laws on lands of the country were made during the colonial period in favour of the rich and landlords which need reforms.
Prof Mejbah Kamal, of history department at Dhaka University, read out the keynote paper in the dialogue.
LARD Executive Director Shamsul Huda, Nijera Kori Coordinator Khushi Kabir and Chairperson of Unnayan Onnesha Rashed Al Mahmud also took part in the dialogue.