An influential businessman is allegedly trying to grab a shop of a Hindu person in Kalmakanda upazila of Netrakona. The shop is built on 8.50-decimals of land worth Tk 1 crore.
Sukumar Chandra Saha, owner of the shop, alleged that he rented out his shop at Kalmakanda Bazar to one Jahirul Islam Mustafa on one year agreement. The tenure has expired recently, but Mustafa is yet to hand over the shop to him.
“I urged Mustafa to remain vacant the shop but he raised false claims and forcibly has been staying at the shop still now,” said Sukumar.
“Moreover Mustafa filed a case against me claiming that I took Tk five lakh from him in advance to rent out the shop for 10 years again but no such agreement was done,” said, Sukumar, adding that Mustafa’s claim is totally false.
An arbitration was held in this regard at Kalmakanda Government High School on Thursday and local elites including former Awami League lawmaker Chhabi Biswas was present there, said Sultan Giasuddin Ahmed, former commander of Muktijoddha Sangsad Kalmakanda upazila unit.
But Mustafa did not attend the arbitration, said Sultan, adding that Mustafa is trying to grab the land.
Sujon Saha, secretary of Kalmakanda Bazar Traders Association, said they urged Msutafa to hand over the shop to its owner but he did not do it yet. Now it is clear that he is trying to grab the shop on 8.50-decimals of land worth Tk one crore, alleged Sujon.
Contacted, Mustafa said he has been continuing his business at the shop for last 29 years on monthly rent basis and he took one year more time last year with a monthly rent of Tk 16,000.
“Some five months ago, I made a verbal contract with Sukumar for a 10-year term, finalising Tk 40 lakh as deposit money and I have already handed him Tk 5 lakh in advance and monthly rent was fixed at Tk 20,000,” said Mustafa.
“But after taking the advance money, Sukumar initiated to rent out the shop to others refusing the contract with me and I had to move to a court in favour of my contract,” he said.