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6 March, 2018 00:00 00 AM
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Villagers protest sand lifting from Meghna

UNB

Several hundred villagers of Raj Rajeswar union in Chandpur yesterday formed a human chain at Lakhkhirchar area in Sadar upazila protesting the illegal sand lifting from the Meghna river. The human chain was followed by a demonstration at the sadar upzaila against the unauthorized extraction of sands from Meghna river, reports UNB. Villagers alleged that severe river erosion occurred in the area due to indiscriminate sand lifting for last 7/8 months. At least 50 dredgers have been illegally extracting sands from the river bank causing severe erosion in Jahajmorqe, Kunchuri, Lakhkhirchar, Shilarchar, Matlab North, Kanudi, Amirabad, Lalpur, Nandalalpur, Safarmali areas of Chandpur Sadar Upazila, said union parishad Chairman Hazrat Ali.

As the effect of the dredging works, at least 60 houses, a government shelter project, few establishment, schools, madrasas and crop lands have already devoured by the Meghna, villagers said.

These dredgers belong to some influential people who are also backed by some ruling party leaders, said villagers adding that the dredgers are used in the night. However, during the day time these dredgers are seen anchored in the middle of the river.

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