3 employees of Ratargul forest among 6 injured in villagers’ attack

Staff Correspondent . Sylhet | Published at 12:24am on September 06, 2018

At least 6 people, including 3 employees of Ratargul Swamp Forest, the only swamp forest of sweet water in the country, were injured in an attack on them by a group of local villagers in Sylhet on Wednesday morning.
The injured forest range officer Saad Uddin, 48, forest guard Shubhra Ahmad, 31, and Akkas Ali, 32, were admitted to Sylhet Osmani Medical College Hospital after the incident, police said.
The divisional forest officer RSM Munirul Islam told New Age that they recently reclaimed 201 acre land which was grabbed by a group of local villagers in Goainghat upazila.
He said that some 50 villagers led by one Sabbir Ahmad launched the attack on the forest officers and employees in the morning when 45 day-labourers were planting trees on the reclaimed land of the Ratargul Swamp Forest as part of their aforestation programme to keep the land free from illegal encroachers.
‘The range officer and two others were seriously injured in the attack and they were admitted to the SOMCH in critical condition,’ Munirul said.
Goainghat police officer-in-charge Abdul Zalil told New Age that the forest guards also opened fires targeting the villagers to resist them, leaving three of them injured.
‘The injured villagers Alim Uddin, 25, Abdun Nur, 25, and Arif Uddin, 24, were not admitted to any public hospital fearing arrest,’ the police officer said in the evening,
adding that a case would be filed in this regard after receiving written complaint from the forest authorities.