Thousands of trees felled over land dispute

United News of Bangladesh . Panchagarh | Published: 00:59, Mar 18,2020 | Updated: 01:01, Mar 18,2020


Miscreants felled 16,000 tea, mango and betel nut trees over 5 bighas of land in Tetulia Upazila of the district just over personal rivalry.

A gang of 40-50 hired miscreants entered into the garden along with machete and sticks and felled the trees at Dorjipara of the upazila on Sunday midnight. They also set ablaze the house of caretaker causing loss of Tk 20-25 lakh.

On information, Tetulia Fire Service rushed to the spot and brought the fire under control. However, the miscreants managed to flee after police reached the spot.

Earlier in 2011, retired soldier Md Moniruzzaman Omar of Coloneypara area under Sadar upazila purchased five bighas of land at Dorjipara mouza. For the last six to 16 months, he raised the garden of tea, mango, ‘tejpata’ and betel nut. Since then, one Shaheb Ali of the adjacent village ‘Kankata’ was claiming the land as his own.

Abu Sayeed Chowdhury, inspector (investigation) of Tetulia police station, and record officer of Sadar ‘Mahafezkhana’ submitted report mentioning that they didn’t find any validity with the land document through which Shaheb Ali claimed the ownership of the land.

Moniruzzaman lodged a case at the Judicial Magistrate Court of Cognizance Court-4 alleging the use of faked land documents and felling of various trees.

On the other hand the accused Shaheb Ali rejected the complaint against him saying that “There is dispute centring the land. Regarding this, several cases are lying with court.”

Jahurul Islam, officer-in-charge of Tetulia Model Police Station, said that he heard about the incident of felling of trees. However, he declined to comment before conducting investigation.

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