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1200 roadside trees sold illegally

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A  Correspondent, Bandarban :
A union Parishad chairman in Bandarban Sadar upazila has allegedly sold around 1,200 roadside trees to a timber trader without permission from the authorities concerned.
"Sabu Khoy Marma, chairman of Sadar Union Parishad, recently sold rain trees and mahogany trees, planted along Raicha-Goaliakhola road in 1995 under the afforestation programme jointly sponsored by Local Government and Engineering Department (LGED) and Care," said Jamal Uddin, Sadar upazilla engineer of LGED.
"I asked the chairman several times not to cut the trees but he did not listen," he said.
"Timber trader Aman Ullah applied on December 9 in 2018 for permission from us to fell the trees, but we did not give permission as he could not show any documents," said Braza Gopal Rajbongshi, Sadar ranger of Bandarban Forest Department.
"Chairman Sabu and Aman Ullah came to us with a few documents that I forwarded to the Bandarban Forest Department. I do not know whether they got permission from the authorities concerned," said Upazila Nirbahi Officer Noman Hossain.
Rejecting the allegation, the chairman said he sold the trees in accordance with the government

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