Two Jumma villagers evicted for Kaptai-Bilaichari road construction

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Hill Voice, 5 February 2024, Rangamati: Two Jumma villagers were reportedly evicted in Azachari Bhangamura Para area under Ward No. 9 in Chitmaram Union of Kaptai Upazila due to the construction of connecting road from Karigar Para Bazar, in Raikhali Union of Kaptai Upazila, to Bilaichari Upazila sadar in Rangamati hill district.

The victims were reportedly forced out by the road construction tractor on January 11, 2024.

The two victim villagers were – Rahejoy Tanchangya (49), son of- late Daigya Tanchangya and Badolya Tanchangya (65), son of- Bareyong Tanchangya. They are said to have been living in the land for ages.

It is learnt that the two poor families have currently compelled living inhumanely under the open sky in the biting cold of winter.

According to local sources, the road has been being constructed under the supervision of Kaptai Upazila Local Government Engineering Department (LGED) under the special project of the Prime Minister of the country.

It has been reported that Bipas Chakma, the contractor of the road, collected photos and ID cards from the evicted Jummas when he was contacted by the victims regarding their compensation. However, till writing of this report, no compensation has been provided to the victim families.