Allegations of land grabbing against the Upazila administration: The Rajarhat Upazila administration of Kurigram has been accused of occupying the lands of three farmers. 16 houses gifted to the Prime Minister have been built on the occupied land.
It is learned that three brothers Shamsul Alam, Solaiman Ali, and Rafiqul Islam, residents of Panthapara village in Umar Majeed union of the Upazila. They have been occupying the disputed land as heirs of their father Amir Uddin and grandfather Khaimuddin. According to the CS Khatian of 1940, he has been occupying about two and a quarter acres of agricultural land. But they were very indifferent about updating the land deeds as they were illiterate farmers. Suddenly in 2015, you find out that their land has been included in the government khas land. The three brothers approached the court to understand the ownership of the land. The government is the respondent in the civil case filed in 2015. After a long hearing, the case is now awaiting a verdict. But the Upazila administration took possession of the land before the ownership of the land was determined by the civil court. The Prime Minister’s gift house has been built there.
The aggrieved farmers said, ‘That land is our resource. We make a living from the crops of that land. If we have to lose that land found in the inheritance formula, then what will we eat and live? If they evict us before we get justice, then why the court? ‘
Allegations of land grabbing against the Upazila administration!: They further said, ‘Like every year, they planted paddy saplings in that land in the current season. But under the direction of UNO, the Union Land Assistant Officer (Tehsildar) planted a power tiller and cultivated the land while planting saplings. They later reminded the lawyer and sent a lawyer notice (notice demanding justice) to UNO requesting it to stop the land grab till the case is settled in the court. In the meantime, they planted rice seedlings in the land again. But within 15 days of sending the notice, UNO again planted people and uprooted the paddy seedlings.
However, the Upazila administration claims that the government owns the land on record. Although the case is pending in the court, the land has been seized from the Upazila administration as there is no instruction from the court.
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At that time, Rajarhat Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO) Noor Tasnim admitted that the case was going on with the land and the planters were uprooting the paddy saplings. He said, “Even though the farmers cultivated the land, they could not show any evidence that they had ever paid rent for the land. And that land also belongs to SA and RS Khatian. The latest record is in the name of the government. Arrangements have been made to build houses for the homeless there. They still could not show any direction from the court. Now there will be a second stage house for housewives. They just can’t cultivate there. ‘
Asked whether it was legal to take possession of the land before the case was settled, the UNO said, “It is not the case that the land was in their possession. The land was in the possession of the government. They (farmers) farmed there. Now the houses of the housewives will be built there, they will not be able to cultivate there anymore. ‘(Allegations of land grabbing against the Upazila administration!)
Farmers ‘lawyer Azizur Rahman Dulu said,’ Land ownership does not go away just because there is no SA record and RS record. The basic basis of SA record and RS record is CS record without which land title is not created. As he is in the name of CS record tenant, the heirs have good rights in that land.
He further said, “Since the government has responded to the ongoing case and the case is awaiting final settlement, it is illegal to evict anyone from the land of the case pending possession of the property without due process.”(Allegations of land grabbing against the Upazila administration!)