DNCC demolishes parts of Sadeeq Agro Farm

The Dhaka North City Corporation on Thursday demolished parts of the Sadeeq Agro Farm structure allegedly built on the site of the Ramchandrapur canal in the capital’s Mohammadpur Beribandh area. 

The demolition work started at about 12:30pm in the presence of DNCC chief estate officer Mohammad Mahay Alam and executive officer for Zone-5 Mutakabbir Ahmed. 

The DNCC conducted drives on the Ramchandrapur canal in the Shatmashjid Housing area and on the road in the 1-No Nabinagar Housing area of  Mohammadpur Beribandh. 

It also demolished the tin-shed office of the Mohammadpur Shatmashjid Housing unit of the ruling Awami League, along with a rickshaw garage, several houses and shops.

DNCC chief estate officer Mahay told New Age, ‘The owner of the land owns 4.86 decimal of land. However, the structure was constructed by occupying about 15 decimal lands of the canal.’

Abdul Alim Talukder, who claimed to be the landowner, said that the land was leased to Sadeeq Agro, and the farm renewed the lease for three years starting April 1 for Tk 25,000 monthly rent.

‘I possess 4.96 decimal of land. Previously, eviction drives were carried out twice, and the land was demarcated by the Water Development Board and the city corporation,’ Alim claimed.

He alleged that the eviction drive was carried out without prior notice. 

DNCC executive magistrate Mutakabbir Ahmed, however, told the media, ‘When we visited the site this morning, the authorities of Sadeeq Agro claimed the building had valid documents. However, upon rechecking the documents, we found that the building was constructed on the canal site.’

He further said that the eviction drive was not conducted against any particular individual or institution, but rather against those who occupied the canal.   

Sadeeq Agro, established in 2010, came to light once again after a controversy over a Tk 15 lakh goat which they reportedly sold to Mushfiqur Rahman Ifat, son of former National Board of Revenue member Matiur Rahman. 

The goat was, however, not handed over to Ifat following the controversies as his photo holding the goat went viral.

Before the drive, it was seen that only goats, including the much-talked-about Tk 15 lakh goat, were inside the farm.

People from the rickshaw garage and several houses were seen removing tin sheets and other valuable items from the site in the morning before the eviction on the bank of the canal.  

Meanwhile, several local people claimed that the agro farm authorities began relocating cows and goats on Wednesday night ahead of the drive.

Later in the day, the DNCC in a press release said that it demolished more than 60 structures and recovered around 10 bigha lands during the daylong drive.  

The seized goods were sold at an open auction for Tk 67.5 thousand, and the eviction drive would continue for three days, it added.

On Wednesday, the DNCC sent a letter to the Dhaka Metropolitan Police seeking the deployment of law enforcers during its drive to evict illegal establishments, including Sadeeq Agro, in the Mohammadpur Beribandh area under Zone-5 of the Dhaka north city.  

In July 2021, customs officials seized 18 cows of Brahman breed at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in the capital imported by Sadeeq Agro from the United States.  

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