The High Court (HC) yesterday observed that the deputy commissioners (DCs) of districts concerned should quit their jobs if they cannot take actions to stop illegal sand extraction from rivers.
The DCs have sufficient power to stop it through deploying executive magistrates, the bench of Justice FRM Nazmul Ahasan and Justice KM Kamrul Kader said during the hearing of a writ petition challenging illegal sand extraction from Padma River at Talaimari area in Rajshahi.
The bench asked Rajshahi DC SM Abdul Kader to inform the court by June 23 through Deputy Attorney General ABM Abdullah-Al-Mahmud whether any step has been taken to stop the activity.
DAG Mahmud told The Daily Star that he talked to Rajshahi’s DC about the matter and the DC said he will deploy an executive magistrate to stop the extraction soon.
One Anwar Hossain filed the writ petition with the HC on Sunday, seeking its order on Rajshahi’s DC to take steps.