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Sunday, December 5, 2010

Land grab attempt in Lemuchari

Land grab attempt in Lemuchari

THREE have been reports of fresh attempts to grab lands by Bengali
settlers in Khagrachari.

The land that the settlers are trying to grab belongs to two Jummas in
Lemuchari of Mahalchari Upazila – Sunil Kanti Chakma son of late
Chandra Kumar Chakma (8 acres) and Rupon Talukder (43) son of Gyana
Lal Talukder (3 acres).

The army is providing full support to the settlers, sources said.

According to various sources, a group of 100 – 150 Bengali settlers
entered the land at 9am today, and were building houses there.

Soldiers from Mahalchari zone and Kengelchari sub-zone were present at
the spot while the settlers were occupying the land.

Lt. Col, Harunur Rashid is currently in charge of Mahalchari zone.

Two of the marauding settlers have been identified as Md. Osman son of
Rofatul Sheikh and Abdur Rashid son of Boshor Bhuiyan – both from
Lemuchari village.

During the state of emergency between 2007 and 2008, the settlers
grabbed about 3 acres of land belonging to Rupon Talukder.

About a month ago, the settlers made fresh attempts to take the rest 3
acres from him, but were temporarily deterred when he filed a case.

Mahalchari Upazila Nirbahi officer Shafiul Arif is reported to have
told Sona Ratan Chakma, Mahalchari Upazila chairman: “The army is
directly involved in it, so I am not in a position to do anything.”


In the above news, : “Land grab attempt in Lemuchari” the name of
Mahalchari zone commander was wrongly stated as “Lt. Col, Harunur
”. His correct name is Lt. Col. Mamunur Rashid.

In the same news, reference was also made of “Mahalchari Upazila
Nirbahi officer Shafiul Arif. In fact, he is on leave for a training
programme, and Khagrachari Sadar Upazila Nirbahi Officer, Rahet
Hossain is learnt to be in charge of Mahalchari Upazila Nirbahi office
as well.

We regret the mistakes.

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