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Hall-Mark's illegal buildings demolished

10 acres of govt land reclaimed in Savar

The Dhaka district administration yesterday knocks down a structure built by Hall-Mark Group on government land. The group had occupied the 10-acre piece of land at Savar on the outskirts of the capital by building eight structures housing 20 factories and warehouse. Photo: Courtesy

Eight illegal structures, including a four-storey building were demolished yesterday in Savar on the outskirts of the capital in a drive to recover 10 acres of government land grabbed by Hall-Mark Group.

A team of Dhaka district administration along with Savar police and the Industrial police bulldozed structures that housed at least 20 factories and storehouses at Nandakhali.

Seven tin-shed structures have been completely demolished while the four-storey building has been partially destroyed due to lack of proper equipment, witnesses said.

Selim Hossain, executive magistrate of the district administration led the drive from 10:00am to 5:00pm in presence of Savar upazila authorities.

“The Hall-Mark Group had grabbed some 10 acres of government land for years. We conducted the drive to recover the government land by evicting the illegal occupiers," Kabir Hossain Sarder, upazila nirbahi officer (UNO) of Savar, told The Daily Star.

In November, a Dhaka court ordered the recovery the government land which was grabbed by Hall-Mark Group.

The group's chairman Tanvir Mahmud and many of its officials are now in jail in connection with the Sonali Bank loan scandal.

Sources said Hall-Mark Group in 2006, had primarily purchased only 2 acres of land in Hemayetpur for a dairy farm. However, within a short period of time, Tanvir Mahmud with the help of his hired goons and a section of unscrupulous government officials and law enforcers grabbed around 200 acres of land of the locals.

At least 65 general diaries and four cases were filed with Savar Police Station in this regard.

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What a waste of national resources. Why did the government not want to protect these lands while it was being encroached by Hallmark? Did any powerful person stop such inquiry?

: Dr. Ahsan Habib

 

 


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