Some 30 acres of land along the Dhaleshwari River under Dhalla mouja in Singair upazila of Manikganj district have been grabbed by 37 individuals and organisations, according to a report submitted to the High Court on Monday, reports UNB.
Manikganj deputy commissioner submitted the report before the HC bench of Justice Moyeenul Islam Chowdhury and Justice Md Ashraful Kamal following the directive of the court after a rights organisation filed a writ petition.According to the report, Manikganj Power Generations Limited alone grabbed 11.3 acres of the land.
The deputy commissioner also submitted a list of the 37 land grabbers.
Later, the court fixed February 25 for the next hearing on the writ petition.
Advocate Manzill Murshid stood for the petitioner while assistant attorney general Purobi Saha represented the state.
On October 22 last, Human Rights and Peace for Bangladesh filed the writ petition with the High Court seeking its directives to free the Dhaleshwari River from the clutches of grabbers.
The following day, the HC issued a rule and asked the Manikganj deputy commissioner to submit a report within 60 days attaching CS and RS records.Following an appeal filed by the power plant, the court later asked for conducting a survey as per the BRS record.
As per the court directives, the local administration of Manikganj district submitted the report with a list of 37 land grabbers.
On July 14, 2018, a report titled ‘Doreen Power Plant set up occupying Dhaleshwari’ was published in a national daily. As per the report, the 162MW power plant was running its operation after filling 11.50 acres of land on the bank of the river at Fordnagar village which is 200 metres inside the riverbed.
On June 4, 2018, 300 families of the village lodged a complaint with the National River Conservation Commission.
The 37 individuals and organisations are Kalam Miah, Abed Ali, Shamsul Haque, Bachhiron, Ibrahim Miah, Nomaj Ali, Idris Ali, Achhia Khatun, Anwara Begum, Ali Akbar, Sahed Ali, Shamsuddin, Rafiqul Islam, Abdul Ali, Jinnat Ali, Abdul Jalil, Sundar Ali, Delwar Hossain and Ziauddin Ahmed (3.69 acres), Manikganj Power Generations Ltd (11.30 acres), Julfikar (0.70acres), Jagaroni Chakra (0.34 acres), Abdul Barek, Kamar Uddin, Abdul Khalek, Riaz Uddin and Abed Ali (0.74 acres), Abu Taher Mollah (0.62acres), Jaglu, Chhalim and Nizam Uddin (0.63 acres), Monirul Islam (1.13 acres), Abdul Majid Mollah, Abdul Haque and Mostak Ahmed (0.75 acres), Abdul Haque, Mostak Ahmed and Shakil Ahmed (1.98 acres), Idris Mollah (0.70 acres), Penta Properties Ltd (0.71 acres), Abdul Hamid and Siddiqur Rahman, Habibur Rahman Mollah and Rakiba Aktar (2.02 acres), Moslem Uddin, Abbas Ali, Sarbat Ali, Tofazzal Hossain, Kalam Miah, Abed Ali, Shamsul Haque, Bachhiron, Ibrahim Miah, Nomaj Ali, Idris Ali, Achhia Khatun, Anwara Begum, Ali Akbar, Farid Ahmed and Md Ramzan Ali (1.32 acres).