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Gibandha Santals demand ancestors’ land back refusing relief

  • Sun Online Desk
  • 15th November, 2016 12:19:56 AM
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Gibandha Santals demand ancestors’ land back refusing relief

Alleging double standard stance of local administration, the evicted Santal families of Gobindaganj upazila in Gaibandha on Monday refused receiving relief goods offered by the administration.


Gobindaganj Upazila Nirbahi (executive) Officer (UNO) Abdul Hannan went to distribute relief items to Santals of Motherganj and Joypur villages under Sapmara union, but none of them received it.


Each family of the 150 Santal families, victim of violent attack, were offered 20kg rice, one liter edible oil, one kilogram of pulse, one kilogram of potato, one kilogram of salt and two blankets.


The upzila officials waited in front of Maotherpur Charch to distribute relief since 9:30am Monday morning till afternoon.


UNO Abdul Hannan said that they had been waited in front of the Motherganj Church since 9:30am to hand over relief goods to the victim Santal community. Officials went from door to door of Santals, asking them to receive the relief items, but none of them agreed to take it.


The Santal families refuse to receive the relief goods alleging local administration is playing double role. In one hand they are offering relief and on other hand they are setting barbed wire on their land, Abdul Hannan claimed.


Meanwhile, quoting Filimon Basque, a leader of the Santal protesters, local correspondents repot that, they demanded their ancestral lands back.


Filimon Basque, said, “The administration has adopted double standard. They offer us aid, but are setting barbed wire on our land. So, we did not take relief goods from the administration.”


The Santal leader also demanded judicial investigation into the incidents as there is no case filed or investigation into nine days of arson and looting of Santal homesteads and killing Santal people.


No action has taken yet against the main perpetrators of the incident-- the local MP Abul Kalam Azad and the UP chairman Shakil Akand Bulbul.


He further said, “We would not accept any aid from the administration until our demands are met,” demanding withdrawal of case filed against the Santals.