News No. 42/2014, Wednesday, June 25, 2014
A LOCAL Jamat-i-Islam leader, Mahabubul Haq Selim aka Selim Huzur, has reportedly grabbed a 200-year-old cremation ground used by Tripura community in the village of Mongolchand Karbari Para (or ‘Rajshahi Tila’ as Bengali settlers call it) under Bhuachari Union of Kamalchari in Khagrachari district.
This has been stated in a memorandum addressed to the Minister for Religious Affairs, in which the villagers demanded the restoration of the cremation ground.
In the memo, handed to the Khagrachari Deputy Commissioner on 18 June, Kamal Joy Tripura, former member of Kamalchari Union (Ward No. 2), narrated the land grabbing practices of Selim in the area.
The memo states that Mahabubul Haq Selim, also an assistant religious teacher of Khagrachari Municipal High School, grabbed much of the 2-acre cremation ground in 2004 and made a killing by selling it to a number of Bengali families.
Now Selim is trying to grab the remaining 0.5 decimal, the memo alleged and said, “The two-hundred-year-old cremation ground is on the verge of total extinction”.
It further said, “The matter was raised with local law enforcers and complaint was made to the Anti Corruption Commission, but to no avail.”
There is likelihood that the illegal occupation of the cremation ground may lead to communal riots between Jumma villagers and Bengali settlers in the area, the memo, signed by 84 persons, said.
They demanded that the matter be investigated thoroughly and impartially in public interest, the cremation ground restored and those found guilty be punished.