Urdu–speaking community representatives and political leaders on Wednesday denounced forceful eviction in parts of Mirpur Geneva Camps last Sunday by a councillor of Dhaka North City Corporation and his armed cadres.
They declared that no eviction would be allowed in the camps unless a proper rehabilitation was ensured following the prime minister’s promise.
They placed their demands at a discussion organised by Urdu Speaking Peoples Youth Rehabilitation Movement at Sagar-Runi auditorium of Dhaka Reporters’ Unity.
Reading out a statement, the organisation’s general secretary Syed Ali Bablu complained that DNCC ward councillor Abdur Rouf Nannu along with administrative officials, local Awami League activists and the police bulldozed at least 50 households at Kashmiri Mahalla in Pallabi belonging to the community for the last 46 years.
He said that the eviction that had left 12 people beaten up by goons of Nannu, had been carried out without any prior notice and giving a minimum chance to shift their belongings safely to other places.
The councillor had also lodged a false case to suppress further the already evicted people, he complained.
He said that the eviction was done in complete violation to Appellate Division’s order passed on November 11, 2016.
Guest speaker and convener of Nagorik Oikkya, Mahmudur Rahman Manna, condemned the illegal eviction saying that the ruling elites were crossing limits as they seldom cared about people’s mandate.
He said that the people’s rights would not be upheld unless a movement was waged against suppressors.
Chaired by Sadaqat Khan Fakku, the discussion was also addressed by Khalequzzaman, general secretary of Socialist Party of Bangladesh, Nagorik Oikkya leader Shahidullah Kaiser, Welfare Mission of Biharis president Mostak Ahmed and Urdu Speaking Students’ Movement president Imran Khan.
When inquired, Nannu told New Age that he had been requesting Urdu-speaking people to leave the place to make way for expansion of the road but they were not paying heed.
‘They were not beaten rather they carried out attacks on my house,’ said Nannu, an Awami League leader.
He also denied the allegation of the presence of Awami League and its supporters during the eviction.
Tension over eviction from the pricy land has intensified since June 2014 when at least 10 Urdu-speaking people, including seven of a family, were killed and many were injured in an arson attack after clashes in the Kurmitola relief camp at Mirpur in the capital.
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