Agricultural land in ruin

- THE DAILY STAR

Jun 22, 2018-A section of influential people, including some ruling party men, have been removing topsoil from vast areas of arable land along Chittagong-Cox’s Bazar highway in Satkania forcefully and selling it to the local brick kilns. When the land owners protested, some of them were even attacked with sharp weapons. In many such incidents, the local police was reluctant to file any cases. This is very disappointing.

Although brick kilns should be set up in selected places away from the locality, in most cases this is not followed. The local administration must take the issue seriously and make all-out efforts to implement the laws.It is also unacceptable that the law enforcers could not arrest a single person in these incidents after mobile courts conducted drives for three consecutive days after a memorandum was submitted by a local citizens’ platform.

Those who were involved in these incidents must be punished no matter how influential they are. Also, the law enforcers should carry out frequent drives in the area to stop this illegal practice.

Published: 22-06-2018 08:03

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