14 evicted Hindu families get back land 

6165566-word-cloud-concept-illustration-of-hinduism-religionLocal administration and police yesterday reinstated 14 Hindu families on their land at Chandantola village of Taltoli upazila and started construction of houses.

A temporary police camp was also set up in the area to ensure security of the families, evicted by influential quarters over the last two years.

The families returned to the village around 11am amid presence of Deputy Commissioner Mir Jahurul Islam, Superintendent of Police Saiful Islam, Additional District Magistrate Habibur Rahman, Union Parishad Chairman Nazir Hossain Patwary and representatives of civil society and rights bodies.

At a views-exchange meeting organised by Community Police, local Awami League leaders demanded punishment of Jubo League leader Zakir Hossain, his brother Abdus Salam who with the help of BNP leader Abdur Rashid for evicting the Hindu families.

Three families left the village and started living in Barguna town early 2013 in the face of torture by the three leaders and their cohorts, locals say. Two more families had to leave the area early last year while the nine other families on March 13 this year.

Each family was given Tk6,000, two bundles of corrugated iron sheets, 30kg rice, grocery items and food grains. Moreover, the district administration has started installing deep tube-well while the public health engineering department constructing hygienic sanitary latrines.

Source: DhakaTribune