Rajshahi people protest move to grab Padma char

Rajshahi people protest move to grab Padma char

People of Rajshahi today formed a human chain protesting the prison authorities’ bid to grab at least 100 acres of char land in the Padma river in the city’s Sreerampur for building Prisons Training Academy complex.

Socio-cultural organisation 'Rajshahibasi' arranged the human chain in front of the District Jail to realise their 6-point demand including construction of the proposed Prisons Training Academy complex elsewhere in the city instead of the char land.

Two other organisations – Swadhinata Charcha Kendra and Tarunner Shokti -- also joined the hour long human chain programme that started around 11:00am, our Rajshahi correspondent reports quoting the convener of Rajshahibasi Makbub Tunku.

They also demanded demolition of other illegal infrastructures along the bank of the Padma river, keeping the area free from grabbers, forestation on the river bank and banning plying of vehicles on the river dam.