A classic case of land grabbing

2 January, 2018 12:00 AM printer

The illegal occupation of land earmarked for setting up a stadium near the proposed Purbachal satellite town at the city outskirts is a typical case of using connection with power corridor to serve personal or group interest. It is also a case of utter disregard to actions by lawful authorities.

It is already known to the readers that one ‘godmother’, allegedly backed by a local MP, has grabbed the land worth several hundred crore taka and constructed a marker named after her. As part of a money spinning mechanism, she has constructed several hundred stalls there that bring her hundreds of thousands takas per month. Her audacity simply knows no bound – the moment mobile courts leave the place after demolishing the illegal structures, the land grabber reconstructs them and carries on unlawful business.

As usually happens in the event of illegal activities, the land grabber is allegedly backed by some officials of the city development authorities entrusted with the task of protecting such public property. The illegal occupant has established possession over the land reportedly by ‘managing’ these officials.

A crime does not go alone: An offence begets others of its kind. The illegal occupation of government property at Purbachal is neither an exception. Not only indecent dance shows and gambling – all in the name of handloom fabric, cottage industry and entertainment fairs – are regularly organised there, drug business is also rampant in the market area. The situation is such that no one dares to protest these misdeeds. And sadly enough, the administration concerned and law enforcement agencies also do not take action, although all these are happening under their nose.

The land grabber has reportedly said that she would vacate the place as soon as authorities start the construction of the stadium. But if past experience is anything to go by, this is how public property is grabbed once and for all. And once such property is gobbled, it becomes difficult to recover. This is how the canals of the city have been lost forever, with hardly any chance of getting them back. Authorities should be prompt in recovering the Purbachal land before it is too late.