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Eviction drive at Karwan Bazar slum

  • Published at 09:30 pm July 6th, 2020
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Some 100 shanties were removed along the rail tracks in the capital's Karwan Bazar during the drive. Collected

As a result of the eviction, the low income people living in the shanties are now without a roof over their heads, without any initiatives being reported yet about their relocation

The Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP), in coordination with the Railway Police, evicted some 100 shanties in the slum adjacent to Karwan Bazar rail line in the capital in a drive on Monday on charges of narcotics being sold in the shanties.

“All the shanties from the FDC Rail Crossing to the Tejgaon Truck Stand have been evicted as drugs were being sold there,” said Harun Ur Rashid, deputy commissioner (DC) of Tejgaon Police Division.

As a result of the eviction, the low income people living in the shanties are now without a roof over their heads, without any initiatives being reported yet about their relocation.

Fearing repercussions, the slum dwellers were unwilling to go on record with their statements. Some of them, seeking anonymity, admitted that a very small number of the slum dwellers sold drugs. They, however, claimed that the police were also involved with drug dealing in the slums.

Md Shahidullah, assistant commander of Railway Police, said serious disruption in the movement of trains occurred there due to shanties located on both sides of the rail line for sometime.

“Police demolished them previously at different times but a floating population moved in there again,” he added.

“Our force will keep the area under surveillance from now on so that such a situation does not arise again,” Shahidullah further said.