A judicial inquiry committee formed to identify illegal structures on the Turag River in Gazipur, submitted its report to the High Court recently identifying illegal structures built by 30 individuals and companies encroaching on the river.
Gazipur chief judicial magistrate Mohammad Assams Jaglul Hossain conducted the probe on February 14 High Court order and submitted the report on October 11.
The probe found that the dishonest people and their companies grabbed 17km stretch of the Turag in Gazpur and its embankments rebuilding boundary pillars or placing boundary pillars inside river banks in collusion with contractors engaged by public works department to demark the river boundary.
The report recommended a survey of the Turag in Dhaka to identify the illegal structures there.
The report said that the river lost navigation due to siltation caused by continuous dumping of wastes in it by owners of factories and other establishments.
It said that the government agencies set up pillars and constructed walkways keeping space from the boundary of the Turag which facilitated the encroachment by land grabbers.
The names of the organisations and individuals who have constructed the structures along the river are: Enon Tesk, Dr Faras Uddin University, Cordod Land Developer and Captain Zakir Hossain, Reaz Uddin, Protyasha Housing, Gazipur City Corporation, Nargis Aktar and Salah Uddin, Md Jahangir-Zeeper Factory, Truck, Covered Van Drivers Union, Central Medical College, Yunus Member, (Ananda Group) Jarina Textile, Sajid Washing of Hamim Group, Bishwa Ijtema, Shilpa Samparkita Shikkhayan, Tongi New Market (Masjid Market), Shah Alam and others, Moslem Sarkar, Mesbah Uddin Sarkar, Abdul Hye, Abu Taher, Giasuddin, Sobhan Sheikh, Luthfa Begum, Dolly Begum, Selim Sheikh, Fazlu Miah, Anwar Group, The Merchant Ltd and Packaging Factory and Textile Malik Iman Ali.
The bench of Justice Quazi Reza-Ul Hoque and Justice Mohammad Ullah set October 22 for further order on the probe report.
The court ordered the probe after hearing a public interest litigation writ petition of Human Rights and Peace for Bangladesh.
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