Hindu land grabbed
Failing to purchase it forcibly, a local influential person yesterday erected a tin-shed structure grabbing the seven decimals of land belonging to a minority Hindu family at Fakirertokeya Balapara village in Sadar upazila of the district.
The alleged grabber Majnu Miah and his men also threatened land owner Khagendranath Barmon, 42, son of Dinanath Barmon of the village, with dire consequences if he dared to go there further.
“I purchased the land a few years ago to build a new house there for my family,” said land owner Khagendranath.
Since the land was purchased, Majnu, 40, son of late Jabbar Ali of the village, had been putting pressure on him to sell the land, which he refused, Khagendranath said.
“As I didn't agree to sell my land, Majnu and his men forcibly grabbed the land yesterday morning and built a tin-shed structure there,” he said, added, “I could not do anything to resist the grabbers as they all were equipped with sharp weapons and sticks.”
Later, following a complaint filed with Sadar Police Station by Khagendranath, police went to the spot and asked the grabber to free the land in two days.
Majnu told this correspondent that the owner of the land earlier promised that he would sell it to him, but he is declining to sell the property now.
As the land is beside his homestead he built the tin-shed structure in a bid to purchase it in future, Majnu added.
Sub-inspector Mainul Islam of Sadar Police Station said he asked Majnu and his men to remove the illegal structure and free the land within next 48 hours.