Return houses to 13 Hindu families: High Court Orders police
The High Court yesterday ordered the police administration of Pirojpur to rehabilitate to their houses within five days 13 Hindu families in Mathbaria upzila evicted allegedly by Awami League activists.
It also directed the superintendent of police (SP) of Pirojpur and officer-in-charge (OC) of Mathbaria Police Station to ensure restoration of the victims' lands and other property from the grabbers.
The HC ordered them to provide adequate security to the evicted families.
It is alleged that a group of local AL men occupied houses and property of the 13 families of South Sonakhali village in the last three months.
The HC order came from a bench comprised of AHM Justice Shamsuddin Chowdhury Manik and Justice Md .
The court also ordered the OC of Mathbaria to appear before it within a month, and submit a report on compliance with its the order.
SP of Pirojpur Nafiul Islam and OC of Mathbaria Nurul Haque appeared before the HC bench and tendered unconditional apology for not complying with its earlier order.
Upon a writ petition filed by Human Rights and Peace for Bangladesh, the bench on April 25 directed the SP and the OC to arrest within 48 hours the persons involved in grabbing houses and lands of the families.
The SP and the OC told the court yesterday that they could not arrest anybody in this connection since no specific case was filed.
Human rights activist Rabindra Ghose, who had visited the spot, described in the court yesterday the incidents of land house grabbing.
Advocate Manzill Murshid appeared for the petitioner and Deputy Attorney Ggeneral Nazrul Islam Talukder for the police.