‘I am the president, who will get permission to cut down trees?’

An influential local Awami League leader has been accused of cutting down two 100-year-old blackberry trees at Boali High and Government Primary School in Gazipur’s Kaliganj. Mofazzal Hossain Patu, former president of the board of directors of Boali Government Primary School, and four or five other zamindars lodged a written complaint with the Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO) on Tuesday morning. However, the headmasters of those two schools are not opening their mouths for fear of being influential.

The name of the accused Awami League leader is Abdul Gani Bhuiyan. Although he is the former general secretary of Kaliganj Upazila Awami League, he is an influential member of the present committee. He is the president of the board of directors of Boali High School in Tumlia Union of the upazila and a resident of Boali village.

Mofazzal Hossain Patu, former president of the school board, said the value of two 100-year-old blackberry trees was more than a lakh rupees. But the school management committee has sold the two trees at a nominal price in the sole power of the president without any decision.

When asked about cutting down trees, Awami League leader and school president Abdul Gani Bhuiyan said, ‘I am cutting down trees in my power. If anyone can do something. Mr. UNO also knows the matter.

Boali High School headmaster Mahbuba Begum school binder. Quoting Mofiz Uddin, he said, ‘Last September 6, I went to school to do the cleaning work. At that time, he saw two hundred-year-old blackberry trees in front of the Boali High School and Government Primary School building preparing to be cut down with a saw and an ax.

Mofiz later informed me about the matter on the phone. I immediately called Abdul Gani Bhuiyan, the president of the school board, and he told me that he knew about the tree cutting.

Boali Government Primary School Management Committee President. Ripon said, ‘These trees belong to two Boali high schools. I don’t know anything about it. ‘ Asked who sold the trees, he said, ‘I was out of the area when the trees were cut down. I came to the area and saw Shafiq, the owner of the mill, taking two trees.

Abu Sufian, headmaster of Boali Government Primary School, said, “The school was closed for a long time. When the school opened on September 12, I saw who had cut down the two blackberry trees planted before the establishment of the school. However, he informed the matter to the Upazila Assistant Primary Education Officer Mansura Akhter.

Upazila Assistant Primary Education Officer Manchura Akhter said, “I have been informed about the matter verbally to Upazila Education Officer Nurunnahar Sir.” Upazila Education Officer Nurunnahar said he knew about the matter verbally.

Upazila Executive Officer. Shibli Sadiq said, “I have received a written complaint.” UNO said it would take necessary steps including an inquiry committee in this regard.

However, according to the rules, the resolution of the school board has to be informed to the upazila level committee. After that the meeting of the upazila committee was called and the decision was taken to sell it through auction notification. But the school president did none of that.

Talking to the accused Awami League leader and president of the board of directors of Boali High School Abdul Gani Bhuiyan, he said, ‘I am the president of the school. Who do I get permission from? Construction of new building has been allotted for the school. So I cut it. ‘

(Dhaka Times / 14 September / KM)

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