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12:00 AM, November 10, 2016 / LAST MODIFIED: 02:45 AM, November 10, 2016

Death of Gaibandha Santals

Judicial probe demanded

Expressing concern, rights activists yesterday demanded a judicial probe into police firing and killing of two santals on November 6 over land dispute in Gaibandha.

In a statement, they also sought exemplary punishment for those involved.

Advocate Sultana Kamal, chairperson of Transparency International Bangladesh; Khushi Kabir, coordinator, Nijera Kori; Dr Iftekharuzzaman, executive director, TIB; Syeda Rizwana Hasan, chief executive, Bangladesh Environmental Lawyers Association; and Sanjeeb Drong, general secretary, Bangladesh Adivasi Forum, among others, signed it.

Meanwhile, Bangladesh Adivasi Forum also protested and demanded return of the lands to the santals, a separate land commission for plainland indigenous people and punishment for the perpetrators.

In another statement, Badaruddin Umar, president of Anti-fascism and Anti-imperialism National Committee, demanded rehabilitation of evicted santals and punishment for those involved in arson, looting, vandalism and opening fire on santals.

A clash between santals and police erupted when mill workers of Rangpur Sugar Mill with hired workers started harvesting sugarcane on the land acquired through displacing ethnic minority communities.

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