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Villagers protest sand lifting

from Meghna in Chandpur

Chandpur: Several hundred villagers of Raj Rajeswar union on Monday formed a human chain at Lakhkhirchar area in Sadar upazila protesting the illegal sand lifting from the Meghna river, reports UNB.

The human chain was followed by a demonstration at the sadar upzaila against the unauthorized extraction of sands from Meghna river.

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.

“I have informed the assistant commissioner of Land of Chandpur Sadar about this matter,” said the UP chairman.

When contacted, Chandpur’s Inland Water Transport Authority (IWTA) Deputy Director Md Abdur Razzaque told UNB, “I have recently joined here. So I am not aware of it.”

“If sand extraction is done indiscriminately, the course/routes of the river will be changed automatically. And so, it will hamper smooth movement of river vessels.”

‘Kabiraj’ found dead in Pabna

Pabna: A kabiraj (herbal medicine practitioner) was found dead at his own residence at Jaleshwar village in Chatmohor upazila yesterday, reports UNB.

The deceased was identified as Bharti Bhattacharya alias Haradhon, 70, son of late Parbatinath Bhattacharya of the village. Being informed by locals, police recovered the body with his hands and legs tied up, from a room around 10am and sent it to local hospital morgue for autopsy, said SM Ahsan Habib, officer-in-charge of Chatmohor Police Station.

Haradhon who was also a Hindu priest used to live at his nephew’s house, he said.

Three to four females wearing burqa entered Haradhon’s house in the morning and when they left the place locals found the priest dead, said the OC quoting neighbors.

Police suspected that Haradhon might have been strangled to death.

However, Haradhon’s nephew Pinak claimed that gold ornaments weighting around 35 tolas were missing from the house.

2 minor boys held for ‘raping’

Chuadanga: A speech-impaired minor girl has been raped allegedly by two minor boys at Alukdia village in Sadar upazila, reports UNB.

Police arrested the two boys - one aged around 10 and the other 11 - on Monday after a case was filed against them. Victim’s mother alleged that the boys, Class-V students, seduced her nine-year-old daughter into going to an abandoned godown by their house on Sunday afternoon where they raped her.

Later, the family members took her to Sadar Hospital.

Officer-in-charge of Chuadanga Police Station Delwar Hossain said police arrested the two boys and produced them before a court after victim’s father filed a case over the incident.

Boy dies falling off bus roof

Our correspondent, Jessore

A schoolboy was killed after falling off the roof of a moving bus on Jessore-Khulna Highway at Basundia here on Monday.

The deceased was identified asAbdur Rahim, 15, a class-X student and son of Mohammad Khokon of Bahadurpur village in Monirampur upazila, said Sub-inspector Arun Kumar of Kotwali Police Station.

Victim’s brother Md Rassel said his brother fell from a moving bus while he was going to Khulna around10:30am.

Medical Officer Dr Abdur Rashid of Jessore General Hospital said the boy died before he was rushed to the hospital.

 

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