SC asks DNCC to maintain status quo over Mirpur camps

Staff Correspondent | Published: 00:25, Oct 30,2020


The Appellate Division of Supreme Court on Thursday again asked the mayor of Dhaka north city and the public works department to maintain status-quo until May 2, 2021 over demolishing two Mirpur camps that house 1,800 stranded Urdu-speaking people.

On October 14, the Dhaka North City Corporation demolished some parts of the camps at Section 11, Mipur, flouting the Appellate Division’s previous status-quo order issued on November 6, 2018, said Ruhul Quddus Kazal, who appeared for the Urdu-speaking people.

Chamber judge Md Nuruzzaman on Thursday also fixed May 2, 2021 for hearing the appeal filed by the camp residents’ Youth Students’ Movements leaders Maksud Alom,

Nader Islam Annu and Jibon Mahmud, seeking permission to appeal against a High Court judgement on the issue.

The High Court in the judgement on October 26, 2018 rejected Urdu-speaking people’s writ petition that prayed for directive to the government not to demolish any of their camps without designating new camps for them.

Later, on November 6, 2018, the chamber judge asked the authorities to maintain status quo for four weeks over the demolition and posted for a full-court hearing of the appeal of the Urdu-speaking people who migrated mostly from Bihar of India during the partition in 1947.

Lawyer Kazal said that the authorities started demolishing the camps during pendency of the appeal, stating that the camps were not designated for the Urdu-speaking people.

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