The criminals built three houses inside Sheikh Russel Aviary Ecopark
Fourteen officials of the Forest Department were injured in an attack by land grabbers during an eviction drive on forest land in Sheikh Russel Aviary Ecopark area of Rangunia upazila of Chittagong on Monday morning.
Among them, Rangunia Range Officer Masum Kabir and security guard Ismail Hossain were rescued in critical condition and admitted to Chittagong Medical College Hospital (CMCH). The rest were released after primary treatment.
The other injured Jotirmoy Barua, Anwar Hossain, Abdul Hai, Iqbal Hossain Lablu, Saifuddin, Rupayan Sushil, Zahid Hossain, Abul Hossain, Kaiser, Mohammad Masud, Abdul Aziz and Antar Shil.
Officer in-Charge Mahbub Milki confirmed the incident.
Chittagong Metropolitan Range Officer Ariful Islam said that some local land grabbers had attacked the forest department officials with sharp weapons while evicting some illegal installations in Rangunia.
Five people were arrested after Kodala Beat Officer Hasanuzzaman filed a case with Rangunia police station.
Sheikh Russell Aviary Ecopark Junior Wildlife Scout Md Hasib said that the locals had built three houses inside the ecopark. “Although they were given notice several times to leave the forest land, they did not comply.”
On Monday morning, the forest officials conducted an operation to evict the houses. After demolishing two houses, a group of land grabbers conducted the attack with local weapons.