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Human chain formed to protect homes, property and lives in Tangail

  • Tangail Correspondent
  • 6th September, 2022 05:19:57 PM
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A human chain was formed in Basail upazila of Tangail demanding protection of homes, property and lives from illegal sand traders as the businessmen have all set to install new dredger machines on the banks of the Nathkhola River.

The human chain was participated by the common people of Dapnajor, Nathkhola and Kashil villages of the upazila on Tuesday afternoon on the Nathkhola Bridge.

Basail Upazila Chairman Kazi Olid Islam, Kashil Union Chairman Ramzan Ali and others spoke in the programme.

The speakers said that about 80% of the people of Dapnajor, Nath Khola and Kashil villages of Basail Upazila are dependent on agriculture. Thousands of houses, mosques, madrassas, graveyards, government primary schools, high schools, Shaheed Minars, liberation war monuments, three bridges on the river, culverts, playgrounds, bazaars were built around Nathkhola river.

“The contribution of Nathkhola River in the liberation war of 1971 is well known in the history of the liberation war. After the independence of Bangladesh, the people of the area around this river started to prosper with renewed inspiration. But because of some influential people the river has become a curse for the general people. Dapnajore Bridge and Kashil Bridge have already been washed away by the river due to illegal dredging for years by the influential sand traders,” they said.

The speakers further said, “Owing to illegal dredging on both sides of the Nathkhola bridge and rampant sand extraction by Veku during the dry season, the bridge and the adjacent primary school, Shaheed Minar, liberation war monument have already been damaged.”

“Meanwhile, many houses and crop lands along the river bank have been devoured by the river. So today's human chain is to demand the protection of our homes, property and lives. We want no one to extract sand illegally in this river. We are seeking cooperation of the administration for this,” they added.