A tin-shed building illegally constructed grabbing a piece of land by an assistant sub-inspector of Sylhet Metropolitan Police was demolished by the Sylhet City Corporation on Thursday.
Local people said SCC authorities bulldogged the illegally constructed building at noon in presence of mayor-elect Ariful Haque Chowdhury.
Land owner Nazmul Haque of Raynagar in the city told the reporters that Ariful had erected a shed on his plot to temporarily accommodate some construction workers, who had been working in a near under-construction building.
But SMP’s special branch assistant sub-inspector Abul Khayer, who was the gunman of the immediate-past mayor Ariful, occupied the plot around a month back and constructed a tin-shed building there.
Khayer claimed that Ariful had told him to build the house there, Nazmul said.
‘The mayor [Ariful] vacated the place today by demolishing the illegal building,’ Nazmul said, adding that police officer Khayer was asked several times over phone to come to the spot but he did not turn up.
SCC mayor-elect Ariful confirmed the news of the demolition of illegal construction and said he had earlier erected a shed to accommodate the construction workers only after a verbal consent from the land owner.
‘Khayer, who was my gunman, grabbed the land using my name and connected illegal lines of cooking gas and electricity after constructing overnight a tin-shed building there when I was busy with my election campaigns,’ he said.
When contacted, SMP additional deputy commissioner Abdul Wahab told New Age that he was not aware of the incident of land grabbing and the demolition of the structure.
‘We will take against Khayer if the allegation is true,’ he said.
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