15 trees looted from college hostel campus in Jessore
A group of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) leaders and activists have looted at least 15 big trees from the old hostel campus of MM College in Jessore during the last six months.
Students said the plunderers gradually cut down the trees on the old hostel premises in Puraton Kasba area so that nobody could understand what is going on there.
BCL men led by its old hostel unit president Yakub Ali are involved in plundering trees of the campus while hostel superintendent Amirul Islam favours them instead of taking any action, said a number of resident students of the hostel wishing anonymity.
They said the group cut down at least 15 trees including Babla, mahogany and banyan in last six months.
During a recent visit to the old campus, it has been found that a number of trees were cut into small pieces and kept those under the sun. The BCL men would sell those for using as firewood, said a student, adding that they even remove the roots of the felled trees.
The old hostel campus is located on about five acres of land and around two kilometres away from the main campus.
The college had started its journey in 1941 through the old hostel campus and the institution was then shifted to its present location in 1962. Students of the college have been using the previous campus as a student hostel since then.
Contacted, BCL leader Yakub Ali said students only cut some branches to avoid risk as trees covered the roof of the old hostel building.
Denying the allegation brought against him, hostel superintendent Amirul Islam said students cut some branches of a banyan tree. "We warned them against it. If they will do it again, we will take stern action against them," he added.
College Principal Syed Mahabubur Rahman said he was not aware of the incident.