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Slum dwellers take to streets for resettlement

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 20 September, 2022 12:00 AM
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Slum dwellers take to  streets for resettlement

Several thousand dwellers of Saat Tola slum blocked Dhaka-Mymensingh highway at Mohakhali in the capital on Monday, demanding their resettlement before carrying out evection drive.

The slum dwellers kept a part of the highway blockaded for about two hours in the morning, suspending vehicular movement. 

They left the street around 10:00am after local councillor assured them of solving the problem.

Noor-e-Azam Mia, officer-in-charge (OC) of Banani Police Station, told the correspondent that the slum dwellers took to the street, demanding their resettlement after hearing the news that the slum would be evicted.

No untoward incident occurred as the dwellers left the street after talking to their councillor.

Mohammad Nasir, councillor of Ward No 20 under Dhaka North City Corporation, told the reporter that a part of the slum will be evicted for building a hospital, which will be named after Bangamata Sheikh Fazilatunnesa Mujib.

After hearing about the eviction drive, the slum dwellers met him and demanded relocation, he said.

He has already talked to officers of the ministry concerned about their resettlement.

On Sunday, some red flags were planted at three parts of the slum, which irritated the dwellers and they took to the street around 8:00am. Being informed, he along with law enforcers reached the spot and requested them to leave the street and they agreed to his request, said the councillor.