HC wants report on N'ganj land grabbing
The High Court has directed the forest and environment secretary to visit Kajla Beel area at Rupganj upazila in Narayanganj and to submit a report on the alleged damage of its environment and land grabbing in seven days.
The court also issued a rule asking the respondents to explain in two weeks why their inaction to protect the lands, ponds and canals in the Beel area should not be declared illegal.
Secretaries to the ministries of land, home and forest and environment, chairman of Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha, director general of department of environment and its deputy director (enforcement), deputy commissioner and superintendent of police of Narayanganj and five others concerned have been made respondents to the rule.
The HC bench of Justice Syed Muhammad Dastagir Husain and Justice Md Ataur Rahman Khan came up with the order and rule on Monday after hearing a writ petition seeking necessary order from it to protect the Kajla Beel from encroachment.
Four locals including one Badsha Miah have submitted the writ petition to the HC following a report published recently on a national daily under the headline “Rupganje Krishi Jamite Abason Prokolpo (housing project in the agricultural land in Rupganj).
According to the report, a housing firm has been grabbing lands of farmers and a government canal in Kajla Beel area by filling up with earth.
The hired goons of the housing firm have also been threatening the farmers, the report said, adding that cultivation of paddy on hundreds of acres of land is being hampered as water cannot be pumped out due to encroachment of the canal.
Advocate Taimur Alam Khandker appeared for the petitioners, while Deputy Attorney General Amit Talukder stood for the state.