Several hundred landless people formed a human chain at Lohagara in Narail on Wednesday demanding compensation and rehabilitation before eviction from their homes, said a press release.
Speakers at the human chain said that at least 1,500 families of six shelter centres formed the human chain.
The centres were created by the government decades ago for the river erosion victims. Mostly farmers and fishermen under the banner of ‘Nabaganga Bhumihin Adhikar Andolan’ organised the human chain in front of the upazila complex despite COVID-19 risk.
The platform president Sheikh Layek Ali, executive president Tuhin Chowdhury, general secretary Tulu Sheikh, Narail-2 constituency member of the parliament Sheikh Hafizur Rahman and local leaders spoke, among others, at the event.
They said that the government rehabilitated them on the bank of the Nabaganga River at different times after they lost their home and farm land in river erosion.
They said if the river was excavated according to RS record, all the houses would be safe, but if the government did not follow the record they would suffer, as a result, they demanded compensation and rehabilitation.
They said that they would not allow any eviction before rehabilitation and compensation.
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