The Department of Environment (DoE) during their drives over the last couple of days in three upazilas of Moulvibazar demolished and fined six illegal brick kilns.
The kilns include Kazi Khandakar Bricks that had been operating illegally in the middle of Murali village, in close proximity of Rajnagar upazila town.
Headlined "Brick kiln skulks in village for 27 years!", The Daily Star on January 7 ran a report against the brick kiln's unlawful activities over decades.
Yesterday in Juri upazila, a mobile court led by Executive Magistrate Israt Jahan Panna, also director of the DoE in Sylhet, demolished BAB and MCO brick fields. A team from Border Guard Bangladesh accompanied the DoE officials during the drive.
The court also fined Tk 20 lakh to each owner of the two kilns for operating the illegal kilns in residential areas and causing damage to a vast tract of paddy fields in the area, said Badrul Huda, assistant director of DoE in Moulvibazar.
On Tuesday, the same mobile court demolished three illegal brick kilns, including Kazi Khandakar Bricks, in Rajnagar upazila and Khan Bricks in Kulaura upazila.
The other two brick kilns demolished in Rajnagar upazila were FRB and SKB.
Among those, SKB was fined Tk 20 lakh for burning wood and not having an environment-friendly oven, said Badrul, adding that the owners of the other kilns were asked to appear for a hearing, he added.