Rangpur city residents formed a human chain on Thursday demanding that the government protect the century-old Monthana pond by stopping fire service officials from filling it.
Organised by Monthana Pond Protection Sangram Committee, the hour-long human chain was formed in front of Fire Service and Civil Defence office.
Speakers at the human chain alleged that local fire service officials are filling the pond to build a market, and the west side is already filled.
The pond was dug around 125 years ago and is situated at the compound of Fire Service and Civil Defence, they said.
Terming the pond a historic site in Rangpur, speakers said people will not tolerate if the pond is filled for commercial purposes. They also vowed to continue agitation until officials stop the act.
Contacted, AKM Samsujjoha, deputy assistant director of Rangpur Fire Service and Civil Defence, denied the allegations and said they took an initiative to renovate the historic pond, not fill it. “It’s already filled with waste,” he claimed.