Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Land grab in Barkal alleged

News No. 48/2012, Tuesday, July 10, 2012

There are allegations that Bhobesh Chandra Das, a Bengali settler, have grabbed lands belonging to two Jumma villagers in Suaripata village under Bhushanchara Union of Barkal Upazila in Rangamati district, reports Samakal, a national Bengali daily.

According to the report, published in today’s issue of the paper, Bhobesh grabbed the lands belonging to Joy Kumar Chakma and Purno Kumar Chakma, and is now trying to oust them from their homesteads by making false allegations of illegal occupation and theft against them.

A notorious litigant and land thief, Bhobesh Chandra Das sold out the grabbed land to Md. Montaz, Shahidul, Kamal from Kalabunia and Motaleb from Gorstan.

This prompted Joy Kumar Chakma to submit a written complaint to the Upazila chairman, who asked the Officer-in-charge of the police station to take necessary actions about the allegation.

Later, the local elders formed an arbitration committee in the presence of the police to sort out the matter.

The arbitration committee met twice and disposed of the case by delimiting the boundary between the lands owned by Joy Kumar Chakma and Bhobesh Chandra Das.

Although Bhobesh Chandra initially accepted the decision of the arbitration committee, he, however, afterwards began to encroach on their lands.

When Joy Kumar Chakma and Purno Chandra Chakma protested, Bhobesh filed two cases with the Rangamati Judge’s court against them – one for land grabbing and the other for theft.

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