ISPR on the incident
A local vested group that has been obstructing Army Housing Scheme (AHS) for last few months is responsible for yesterday's incident at Rupganj in Narayanganj.
Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) in a press release with reference to Army Headquarters last night said the vested group has instigated landowners and local people through spreading “hostile” and “fearful” rumours against army and the army housing project in the area.
It said the land purchase project is completely run by the personal fund of the army members and there was no question of “land acquisition” in the ongoing project.
The AHS authorities have held several dialogues with the local people to remove confusions from their minds and decided to withdraw all temporary offices from the site by yesterday afternoon.
Under this situation, the ISPR said, an unruly group of people stormed into the AHS project office, ransacked it, attacked army members and tried to snatch away their arms. All of a sudden, some bullets went off incidentally and left one civilian injured.
The AHS authorities tried their best to rush the injured civilian to hospital immediately, but all efforts turned futile due to non-cooperation from agitating people and human barricade on roads.
However, the civilian along with three injured army personnel earlier was flown to the Combined Military Hospital (CMH) in the capital by a Bangladesh Air Force helicopter.
The Army headquarters believe that the issue would be settled through dialogue in line with the law of the land, while the land purchase programme would continue.