Courtesy: New Age, Dhaka, National, 31 Dec 2010
CHT land issue can’t be resolved without cadastral survey: Ibarahim
The Bangladesh Kalyan Party chairman, Syed Muhammad Ibrahim, on Thursday said the land disputes in the Chittagong Hill Tracts could not be settled without a cadastral survey.
‘Moves for a survey were taken in the past but no survey could be carried out amid obstruction by some opportunist tribal leaders. A balanced policy is needed to establish peace upholding the rights of all communities,’ said Ibrahim as he spoke at a discussion organised by Parbatya Bangali Chhatra Parishad, a students’ group of Bengali settlers in the hills.
Ibrahim, who was posted to the hill districts during armed struggle of hill people, also said, ‘The tribal leaders were delaying the solution to the problems for personal interest.’
‘Bangabandhu had asked MN Larma to be Bengalis as they had fought for the Pakistanis during the war of independence,’ Ibrahim added.
He said a war had been waged against the government by forming Shanti Bahini involving hill people who stood against the war of independence.
The Rangamati unit Parbatya Bangali Chhatra Parishad president, Md Shahjahan Alam, presided over the programme, also addressed by its founding president Alkas Al Mamun, central president Alamgir Kabir, Sama Adhikar Andolan leader Jahangir Kamal.
A procession was brought out after the discussion.