The apex leaders of Awami League once again assured the leaders of ethnic Santal community of settling the ownership dispute over Shahebganj-Bagda Farm under Rangpur Sugar Mills Limited at Gobindaganj.
The assurance came when a seven-member delegation led by ethnic Santal leaders Rabindranath Saren and Philemon Baske met the top AL leaders on Friday at the party chief’s Dhanmondi office and demanded resolving the crisis.
In the meeting, the Santal leaders also demanded withdrawal of the cases instituted against the Santal leaders and stopping police repressions on them.
Emerging from the meeting, Rabindra Nath Saren, president of Jatiya Adivasi Parishad, told New Age
that AL general secretary Obaidul Quader and other leaders assured them of taking immediate steps to resolve the crisis after consulting with prime minister Sheikh Hasina.
‘We have told the Awami League leaders that the evicted Santal families do not want to be rehabilitated elsewhere rather they want restoration of their ownership on the land from where they had been evicted,’ he said.
Saren said the Santal community were still facing three cases while police continued to issue threats to the evicted ethnic minority members asking them to leave the locality.
Chaired by the Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader, the meeting was attended, among others, by joint general secretary Dipu Moni, organising secretary Khalid Mahmud Chowdhury and central leader, Sujit Roy Nandi.
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