Police yesterday arrested a local Jubo League leader for forcibly occupying 61 decimals of land belonging to his neighbours in Sarishabari upazila.
The arrestee, Kamal Hossain, 45, from Majalia Beelpara village, is convener of Jubo League’s Doail union unit in the upazila.
According to locals, cousins Saiful Islam, 35, and Chan Mia, 45, inherited the property from their fathers -- late Mozaffar and his brother late Jonu Sheikh.
Their fathers purchased the piece of land in 1953 from their neighbour, late Abdur Rahman.
But for the past several years, the seller’s grandson Manju Miah, 35, has been creating pressure on the landowners to sell their land to him.
The landowners’ refusal to comply resulted in a longstanding feud between them and Manju, the locals added.
Police quoting the locals said Manju in the meantime teamed up with Jubo League leader Kamal for forcibly taking possession of the land on his behalf.
At noon on Saturday, as per their plan, Manju and his men led by Kamal, equipped with sharp weapons, forcibly took possession of the land belonging to Saiful and Chan Mia.
While the attackers damaged a banana orchard on the land, Saiful and Chan Mia along with their family members fled their houses to escape physical assault on them, said Majedur Rahman, officer-in-charge of Sarishabari Police Station, quoting the cousins.
Yesterday morning, Chan Miah filed a case with the police station, accusing 21 named individuals, including Jubo League leader Kamal, and 8 to 10 unnamed others.
Police arrested Kamal yesterday noon and produced him before a court later in the afternoon, said Iman Ali, sub-inspector of the police station, also the case’s investigation officer.