In the last five years, local influential people have raked in Tk 180 crore by ripping apart Fasiakhali and Fulchhari forests using a lease document, which Forest Department has repeatedly been trying to get cancelled, but in vain.
If you cruise through the Ujantia canal up to its estuary with the Matamuhuri river of Cox’s Bazar, you will see the last remnants of a mangrove forest, almost obliterated from the country’s south-eastern landscape.
As if it wasn’t hard enough for elephants to survive in this country, in a tragic development, it was discovered that they are not just dying by electrocution. Shooting down the animals straight up has become seemingly rampant to protect encroached forest lands.
On an unfortunate morning in April 2009, Kabir Ahmed and his wife were working in the backyard of their home in Patenga of port city. All of a sudden, an altercation over land broke out in front of them. At one point, some people swooped on a youth and hacked him with machetes.
Over the last three years, Sharif Uddin painstakingly enquired and investigated corruption allegations and recommended the Anti-Corruption Commission file 22 graft cases against various individuals and quarters in Chattogram and Cox’s Bazar.
The government’s move to relocate hazardous chemical warehouses and plastic factories from the congested neighbourhoods of Old Dhaka remains in limbo, 11 years after the initiative was taken in the aftermath of the Nimtoli inferno.