Vol. 5 Num 1109 Sat. July 14, 2007  

Students recover school land in Moulvibazar

The students of Juri High School in Juri upazila have recovered four decimals of land of their institution from illegal occupation.

They demolished four godowns and an ice factory built illegally on the school land and hanged a signboard of their institution on it.

Juri upazila BNP president Asad Uddin Batal, vice-presidents Saleh Uddin and Maiz Uddin and their brothers allegedly grabbed the land and built those establishments illegally and rented to others, said Juri High School headmaster Khalilur Rahman.

Earlier, Haji Amir Uddin and Haji Badar Uddin of Beanibazar upazila donated 17 decimals of land to the school authorities on October 18, 1978, the headmaster said.

In a land survey conducted on February 6, Juri upazila assistant commissioner (Land) Zahirul Islam detected that the aforementioned BNP men illegally occupied four decimals of the land.

After the survey, Juri Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO) Mahbubul Alam served a notice to the land grabbers to remove their structures from the school land on May 21 but they did not pay heed to the notice.

In such a situation, the students demolished the illegal structures from the school land and hung a signboard of the school on Wednesday.

Saiful Islam, a student of the school told this correspondent that they had been facing an acute shortage of accommodation for a long time. So they were compelled to demolish the illegal establishments from their school land.

During the demolition drive, the headmaster was not present at the school. On information, he came to the spot and found that the land had been recovered.

Juri UNO visited the spot after demolition of the establishments by the students.

Juri Police Station officer-in-charge (OC) Md Shahjahan said the students left the spot soon after arrival of police.

However, upazila BNP president Asad Uddin Batal and upazila BNP vice president Maiz Uddin could not be contacted for their comments as they were staying in USA and UK.

Maolana Sayef Uddin, a brother of the BNP leaders said they did not grab the land illegally as their father had purchased the land from late Hazi Amir Uddin and late Hazi Badar Uddin of Beanibazar upazila (who donated the land to the school). But the land was mistakenly recorded in name of the school, he claimed.

In reply to a query, Sayef Uddin acknowledged receipt of the UNO's notice saying they have already replied to the notice on June 3. In their reply, they narrated about ownership of the land, he added.