The rivers and Garo hills of Sreevardi, Jhenaigati and Nalitabari upazilas bordering Sherpur have been wounded by the hands of sand robbers. Local influential sand pirates have been illegally looting sand from Bhogai, Chellakhali of Nalitabari upazila, Someshwari of Sreebardi upazila and Kal Ghosha river of Jhenaigati upazila.
It is learned that influential sand robbers have been illegally loading sand at Tawakocha, Kharamura, Rangajan, Balijuri, Bankakura of Kalghosha river, Gandigaon, Malitila, Vhogai, Chellakhali river and other places for a long time. Stones are also being lifted.
According to the locals, sand stones worth lakhs of rupees are being looted from these areas and sold in different parts of the country every day. These sand and stones are being transported day and night by tractor trolley and Mahindra every day.
An on-the-spot investigation has found that the Garo Hills, along with the cropland of the river in the afternoon, have been injured by the paws of sand robbers. On the one hand, the beauty of the Garo Hills and the balance of the environment is threatened. On the other hand, the government is being deprived of revenue of lakhs of rupees. In order to stop illegal sand extraction, one or two sand extractors have been destroyed by the upazila administration. But illegal sand looting did not stop. On the one hand, the administration is conducting operations. Illegal looting of sand and stones is starting from behind.
Locals complain that illegal looting of sand and stones is not being stopped as no permanent action has been taken against sand thieves. At present the festival of looting stones and sand from the rivers of Garo hills is going on.
Meanwhile, on March 6, Jhenaigati Upazila Nirbahi Officer Rubel Mahmud raided Bakakur and Gandigaon areas of Kalghosha Nadir Upazila and destroyed two shallow-engined sand extractors about 5 meters long. The operation was conducted through a mobile court.
Upazila Nirbahi Officer Rubel Mahmud confirmed the incident and said such operations would continue.
Source: Bhorer Kagoj by www.bhorerkagoj.com.
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