Grabbing of land condemned
Eminent citizens yesterday condemned the incident of grabbing endowed property of Kantaji temple in Dinajpur in the name of setting up a madrasa.
In a statement, they said some local land grabbers in connivance with some 'corrupt' officials of land administration have started constructing houses by hanging a signboard of madrasa to grab a portion of the land of the temple which is an important archaeological and religious site of the sub-continent.
They urged the government to take legal action against the land grabbers and land administration officials who have helped prepare f fake documents.
Signatories to the statement included Kamal Lohani, Dr Hamida Hossain, Khushi Kabir, Advocate Tobarak Hossain and Dr Abul Barkat.
Bangladesh Mahila Parishad (BMP) has also condemned the establishment of a madrasa on the land of Kantaji temple.
In a statement yesterday, the BMP urged the government to preserve the endowed property of the temple which was built 700 years ago.
They also demanded arrest of the people involved in land grabbing for punishment.
Bangladesh Jatiya Hindu Chhatra Mohajote formed a human chain in front of the High Court in the city yesterday to condemn the incident.
Addressing a rally on this occasion, the speakers said Kantojir Mandir is a part of the glorious history of Bangladesh.
They urged the government to recover all the properties of the temple.
The rally was addressed by Shashanka Roy Shanto, central president, and Gopal Mistri, general secretary of Hindu Chhatra Mohajote, and Shyamol Kumar Roy, president, and Advocate Govinda Chandra Pramanik, secretary general of Hindu Mohajote.