Sunday, August 18, 2019 | ePaper
River-land grabbing must come to an end
Obviously, the number of total grabbers would go up after the DCs of big cities and towns like Dhaka, Sylhet, Barishal, Rangpur, Mymensingh, Narayanganj and Gazipur would send their lists. NRCC Chief said the names of the grabbers will be made public soon after verification. On February 4, the NRCC Chairman requested the DCs to send the lists of encroachers of rivers, canals and water bodies in their respective districts by the end of the month after a High Court Division passed a verdict in this regard on February 3. The HC in its verdict also disqualified the grabbers from contesting the elections and from borrowing money from the banks.
It's not surprising to us when the DC's of big cities like Dhaka and Narayanganj haven't send list of river-land encroachers. The land grabbers usually fulfill their desire keeping close relation with District and Upazila Administrations. It's impossible to grab a single piece of government land without satisfying officials of relevant departments. The NRCC, which has long been operating just as a recommending body, now moves to act as an enforcing authority. But it is facing severe obstacles from the land grabbing syndicates. Not only that, political clouts often come into play and manage re-establishing the knocked down structures.
We must say, the authorities concerned should take much tougher action against the river-land grabbers. But first of all, the list of encroachers should be made public so that there is a public outcry against their illegal activities.