Several hundreds Muslim community people in Dinajpur town joined a human chain programme yesterday, demanding immediate steps to free a portion of a Waqf Estate land from illegal occupation.
Prior to the rally in front of Dinajpur Deputy Commissioner's (DC) Office around 11:00am, the participants brought out a protest procession that paraded different roads of the town.
They also handed over a memorandum to the prime minister, through Dinajpur DC, seeking her intervention in this regard.
The memorandum says the 26 decimals of land, which has a mosque-cum-madrasa complex on nine decimals, actually belongs to Waqfe Mohammadi Waqf Estate.
According to the official land record, the then 10 well-known dwellers of the town purchased the land from one Khitish Chandra Das on July 19, 1954.
In 1958, they donated the land to present owner Waqfe Mohammadi Waqf Estate, who later constructed a compound that consists of a mosque, a madrasa and a library, there.
On January 31 this year, an influential man from Eidgah area in the town illegally occupied the rest 17 decimals land.
While attending the hour-long programme, General Secretary of Waqfe Mohammadi Waqf Estate Aftab Uddin Ahmed said they will go for a tougher movement if their demand is not met soon.