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.
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.
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.