Police yesterday detained an alleged activist of the movement that has continued agitation demanding a 'fair' list for land acquisition in Mymensingh Sadar upazila for development work of the new divisional headquarters.
A team, led by Additional Deputy Commissioner AKM Galiv Khan, accompanying 40 policemen led by Khandaker Shaker Ahmed, officer-in-charge (OC) of Kotwali Police Station, reached Rishipara in Char Ishwardi union of Mymensingh Sadar to distribute notices for land acquisition in the morning.
“Hearing the team's arrival, hundreds of people from adjacent villages gathered on the roads. Some agitated people hurled brickbats at police, causing injuries to a constable. Abul Kashem, 35, president of Jubo League's Char Gobindapur unit in Char Sirta union, was picked up for his alleged involvement,” said the OC.
The team left the area after distributing some notices meant for the land owners, he said.
Under the banner of 'Basatbhita Rokkha Committee', thousands of people of seven villages in char areas of Mymensingh Sadar upazila have continued movement for one and a half years demanding cancellation of the administration's alleged 'unfair and motivated' acquisition list.
At a meeting at Joy Bangla Bazar yesterday noon, the committee leaders demanded immediate release of Kashem.
“If he is not released by Friday, we will go for tougher movement,” said Syed Mosharraf Hossain, convener of the committee.
The committee leaders said the administration first prepared a list of 1,220 acres of land for development of the divisional town but they later published a fresh list comprising 4,366 acres where most people are small and marginal farmers and sharecroppers.
There are some 60,000 people involving 17,000 families and 28,000 households, 475 family graveyards, six public graveyards, 30 government and non-government primary schools, three high schools, 47 mosques, four temples and six eidgah grounds in the area under the new list, they said.