POST TIME: 22 November, 2019 00:00 00 AM
School bldg construction damages 50 graves

School bldg construction damages 50 graves

An academic house of a government primary school is allegedly being built over a graveyard in Binandopur village of Sultanabad union under Chandpur district’s Matlab Uttar upazila. The incident has triggered outrage among local people. Locals like Mizan, Rafique, Jamshed, Dabir, Mahmuda, China, Swapna, Dulal, Suman, Rojina and Dipu Sarker alleged that about 50 graves, including those of their forefathers, had been damaged. “We, of course, want a new school building, but not at the cost of the graves of our forefathers. This doesn’t belong to school, it’s our land,” many of them said.

However, workers continued to dig up the graveyard, without bothering about the religious sentiments of the locals. On Monday, irate villagers had a scuffle with the workers. The police had to intervene to bring the situation under control.

On receiving information, upazila nirbahi officer (UNO) Sharmin Akter rushed to the spot on Tuesday afternoon and assured the locals and neighbours that the graves would be repaired and construction work would be suspended for the time being.  “No grave will be affected while building the new ‘bhavan’. It’s a very sensitive issue and religious sentiment is involved,” Akter said.

Upazila primary education officer Rahim Bhuiyan told The Independent: “It’s truly unfortunate that the graves have been damaged. The new school building will be built, but not on the graves of any people.” He added: “The building will be built where the soil test was done earlier.”