Char occupation and illegal settlement diamonds are going on in Patuakhali 

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Kazi Mamun, Coastal Correspondent  (Returning from Char Biswas):  Locals allege that local fishermen and UP members and trusted persons of the chairman are stealing large sums of money by selling cows, goats, gold ornaments from the simple fishermen.On closer inspection, one can see Chakidar Bari Khal of Charbiswas, North Char Biswas, Dakshin Char Biswas, Char Agasti, Char Mohiuddin, Char Bangla. Char adjacent to Amgachhia Bazar The small chars are said to be embezzled by local UP member Md. Tofazzal Hossain Toha, nephew of the chairman Rubel, and Wahab Hossain, a bit officer working in the forest department.A fan talk was leaked to Md. Tofazzal Hossain Tohar, a member of the local ward no. In a phone conversation, Member Tofazzel forbade a local farmer Md. Abdul to take possession of the char and at that time Tofazzel said, “Bit Officer Char, how can you feed me? Why don’t you tell me the money you have given me? You will not go to that char. Let him know.Abdullah, Jahingir Chakidar, Alamin, Sahidul Akon, Sahin Sardar, Char Biswas, Char and Khal. The locals allege that they are demanding large sums of money or else they will be controlled by the designated people and the bit officer will always agree with them.Apart from Abdullah and Sahin Sardar Jahangir, Wahab, a member and bit officer, has been accusing the locals of extorting large sums of money from people who do not want to be named. According to the locals, the forest officials have to pay around Rs 30 lakh every year for the sale of chars and canals and grass.They denied the allegations in a statement issued Friday stating “Similar, baseless allegations concerning the properties of the pirates have been made more than once. He said that local chairmen, members and political leaders coordinate and enjoy the said char.Earlier, the accused member Tofzel was accused of stealing river protection bulk, illegal installation, but it is still going on. Moniruzzaman, the range officer concerned about the occupation of the chars, said, “As far as I know, no type of chars and canals or outlets have been sold and closed in the char trust. If there is any, we will investigate and take legal action.”

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