BIWTA demolishes parts of factory despite protests

Staff Correspondent | Published: 00:00, Apr 29,2019 | Updated: 18:35, Apr 29,2019


A Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority team demolished parts of two buildings of a dying factory on Sunday as the buildings were built on unlawfully occupied land of River Turag in Tongi.
Police had to fire blanks to disperse more than 500 workers of Paradise Dying, a concern of Ananta Group, who started demonstration in protest against the eviction of the factory buildings, BIWTA assistant director Nur Hossain told New Age.
‘Workers argued with the magistrate as he ordered demolition of the parts of a seven-storey and a five-storey buildings,’ he said.
Cops fired two blank shots on order of executive magistrate Mushfiqur Rahman, he added.
‘Four workers were held and later released on a promise to pay Tk 1.5 lakh in fine,’ Nur Hossain said.
Gazipur chief judicial magistrate following his survey in 2017 and after being ordered by the High Court, demarcated that the seven-storey building was encroached on 20 feet inside the River Turag while the five-storey building was constructed grabbing land 15 feet inside the river, Nur Hossain added.
He said that the eviction team also evicted two two-storey buildings, seven single-storey buildings and 16 other structures on the day.
Thereby, he said, one acre of land of the Turag channel was reclaimed from the grabbers. The eviction team will continue drive this morning from the same place.
BIWTA started evicting unlawful occupiers of river lands on January 29 following a High Court order. The authority continues drives in Buriganga, Shitalakshya and Turag rivers.

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