Published: Sunday, June 2, 2013

Land grabbers force out family of day labourer

With a deep sense of despair, day labourer Sattar Matabbar along with his family members sits in front of a slum in Patuakhali town. A gang grabbed his homestead at Rajnagar village in Baufal upazila of the district on Wednesday. Photo: Star

With a deep sense of despair, day labourer Sattar Matabbar along with his family members sits in front of a slum in Patuakhali town. A gang grabbed his homestead at Rajnagar village in Baufal upazila of the district on Wednesday. Photo: Star

Land grabbers took away a piece of land of a day labourer at Rajnagar village in Baufal upazila on Wednesday.
Claiming the ownership of the land, a group led by Alauddin Shikder, 40, Russel, 20, and Shahid, 28, vandalised the house of day labourer Sattar Matabbar on the land and forced him and his family members to leave the area.
Locals said Alauddin and his accomplices illegally occupied 0.59 acres of land belonging to Sattar Matabbar on Wednesday morning and then erected a structure on it (land).
Sattar, who along with his family took shelter at a slum in the district town on Wednesday, filed a complaint with the superintendent of police (SP) the following day. He also lodged a case with the Speedy Trial Tribunal of Patuakhali the same day, accusing Alauddin and eight others.
Talking to this correspondent yesterday, Sattar said he bought the land from a villager on January 11, 1966 and had been living in a tin-shed house on the land since 1995.
“Recently, Alauddin, Russel and Shahid claimed the ownership of the land and asked me to leave it,” he said.
On receiving the complaint, the SP asked the officer in-charge of Baufal police station to take necessary action after proper investigation.
Contacted, Alauddin said they are the real owners of the land. But he refused to show any document in this regard.