A mobile court in Mirzapur upazila yesterday demolished three illegal roads, constructed by a local influential syndicate across the Louhajang river, to carry illegally extracted earth to nearby brick kilns on trucks.
The roads, built in Bohuria area in the upazila, had stopped the water flow of the river into the downstream.
However, the illegal earth traders and their men fled the scene, when the court led by Executive Magistrate and Mirzapur Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO) Abdul Malek in cooperation with Mujahidul Islam, deputy director of Directorate of Environment in Tangail, conducted the drive.
Later, the same court raided two nearby brick kilns in Mirzapur municipality and fined its owners Tk 2 lakh each for baking bricks by burning logs.
After the drive, UNO Malek said a local syndicate, who had been running their illegal earth trading business, constructed the roads across the river for carrying earth-laden trucks, restraining the water flow of the river and destroying nearly cultivable lands as well aquatic lives.
“A couple of months ago, the owner of a nearby brick kiln was fined and warned for the same offence, but the influential syndicate has recently started the ill practice again,” the UNO said, adding that they will continue such drives in future.
Mentionable, the upazila administration at their monthly law and order meeting a few days ago took the decision not to permit construction of any new brick kiln in the upazila.