The Santals have been protesting for the previous couple of days demanding cancellation of the choice to construct EPZs on three crop lands. The protest in Gaibandha’s Gobindganj on Wednesday (Could 25) couldn’t be suppressed. These tribals of small ethnic teams of the nation staged demonstrations in several elements of the upazila demanding to cease the survey work of Rangpur EPZ.
Within the procession they chanted slogans, I’ll give my life, however I can’t depart the bloody land. The Santals carried out this system after listening to the information of BEPZA survey in Sahebganj space of Gobindaganj upazila for EPZ. They took place in Katamor space of the upazila with banners, festoons, arrows and bows from 9.30 am. The BEPZA survey was not accomplished because of the Santals’ protest program.
Earlier, the Santals got here to Katamore in procession from Santalpalli Madarpur and Jaipur villages of Gobindaganj upazila. From right here they marched round Gobindaganj-Dinajpur highway with a number of demonstrations. After that he held two separate rallies in Katamor space and Sahebganj mango orchard. From 9:30 within the morning to five:00 within the afternoon, they keep on the intersection. Greater than 300 Santal women and men took half within the assembly. This system was organized by the Sahebganj Bagdapharm Land Rescue Battle Committee in Gobindganj.
President of Sahebganj Bagdapharm Land Rescue Battle Committee Filimon Baske and Organizing Secretary Swapan Sheikh, Santal chief Priscilla Murmu, Mithail Murmu, Hardias Murmu, Mistherina Murmu, convener of Gaibandha Social Battle Parishad Jahangir Kabir and others spoke.
Audio system on the assembly mentioned that the individuals of BEPZA didn’t have any dialogue with them. The BEPZA authorities have determined to do the EPZ themselves. They met the Prime Minister and demanded measures to deal with their grievances. The audio system demanded the development of EPZ in Sankoya Beel space of Gaibandha-Palashbari highway by rejecting the choice to construct ‘Rangpur EPZ’ on their ancestral land in Sahebganj space together with the trial of three Santals. The proposal of the previous deputy commissioner in 2012. Kazi Anwarul Haque despatched to the involved division.
In line with Rangpur Sugar Mill situated in Mahimaganj of Gobindganj Upazila, there are 1,642 acres of land underneath Rangpur Sugar Mill in Sahebganj Bagda Farm space underneath the upazila. Sugarcane produced on this land was threshed in Rangpur sugar mill. At one time the Santals occupied these lands.
On November 8, 2016, when the sugar mill authorities and the police went to evict these lands, there was a conflict with the Santals. Three Santals, Shyamal Hembrum, Ramesh Tudu and Mangal Mardi, had been killed and at the very least 20 others had been injured. From then on, the Santals occupied this land in phases. Sahebganj Bagda Farm Land Rescue Battle Committee was fashioned to get well the land.
On this state of affairs, Bangladesh Export Processing Zones Authority (BEPZA) underneath the Ministry of Industries took initiative to arrange EPZ on three crop lands in Sahebganj Bagda Farm space. However the native Santals are agitating to not do EPZ right here.