Rights group concerned over land acquisition for BGB at Rawangchari

Staff Correspondent
A citizen’s delegation holds a news conference in Dhaka on Tuesday on their visit to Rowanchari where hill people’s land have been grabbed to set up BGB sector headquarter. — New Age photo

A citizen’s delegation holds a news conference in Dhaka on Tuesday on their visit to Rowanchari where hill people’s land have been grabbed to set up BGB sector headquarter. — New Age photo

Rights activists and teachers on Tuesday expressed concern over the government’s move to establish a Border Guard Bangladesh sector headquarters at Rawangchari upazila in Bandarban by acquiring hill people’s farm lands and a crematorium.
The Citizens’ Representatives, a platform of rights activists, at a press conference in the city called upon the government not to acquire any land of the ethnic minorities in the Chittagong Hill Tracts without the consent of the circle chief and mauza headmen.
They feared expansion of the military establishments in the hill districts, home to various ethnic minorities.
‘This is a violation of the rights of ethnic minorities…The state is not discharging its responsibilities here,’ columnist Syed Abul Maksud said.
He said that the government should immediately suspend the project.
Dhaka University teacher Robayet Ferdous said that he was not against army, but opposed the military rule.
‘It is not acceptable that army will rule in the CHT in a democracy…The government is supposed to withdraw military settlements as per the CHT accord,’ he observed, saying that the land acquisition move was in violation the 1997 CHT peace treaty.
Jagannat University teacher Rajib Mir read out a written statement on their findings from a recent visit to the area.
He alleged that the paramilitary Border Guard Bangladesh had already taken hold of around 34 acres of land and fenced the area although the acquisition process for the establishment of the sector headquarters at Rawangchari was not yet completed.
He said that livelihoods of at least 300 families would be affected if the farm lands were was acquired for the paramilitary establishment.
Replying to a question, he said that the team while visiting the area did not find any homesteads there.
The citizens’ group demanded time-bound action plan to implement the CHT accord.

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