A local resident has been accused of occupying a 100-year-old government road and building a house in Ghugrapara village of Bogra’s Dhunat upazila. At least 15,000 people have been affected.
The locals complained that they did not get any remedy even after seeking the intervention of the local administration in this regard.
It was seen on the spot that the government road passed by the house of Mostafa Pramanik, son of Ramzan Ali of Ghugrapara village of the upazila. The road is about 26 feet wide. The people of the area used to come and go to Dhunat city, educational institutions, hats and bazaars through this road. Besides, the farmers of the area could easily transport their crops from the land using the government road. At one stage in 2016, Mostafa Pramanik took possession of the road and built a house.
Meanwhile, due to illegal occupation, all traffic on the road has been stopped. Even now it is difficult to walk on the road. They lodged a written complaint with the local UP Chairman, OC, Aceland and Upazila Nirbahi Officer on April 24, 2016 to expedite the eviction of the illegal occupants and open the road. On March 12, 2016, the Upazila Law and Order Committee meeting decided to vacate the road. Later, due to the Corona disaster, it was not possible for the administration to implement the eviction. In this situation Upazila Nirbahi Officer and OC were transferred.
Mozammel Haque, a former general secretary of the Bogra Bar Association, said the problem had not been solved with local initiatives. In addition, the occupant has informed that he will not leave his occupied road in any way. The 26-meter-wide road has completely closed all traffic. As a result, the people of Ghugarapara, Madarvita and Arkatia villages have suffered in the blockade.
Illegal occupant Mostafa Pramanik said, ‘I did not occupy the government road and lift the house. Even then, after measuring the place, if the house is lying inside the government road, I will give up the possession.
Dhunat Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO) Sanjay Kumar Mohant said, ‘I was not informed about the matter after joining this upazila. Necessary steps will be taken with the investigation.