The Rakhain community in Rangamati formed a human chain on Monday demanding an eviction drive at Rakhain Polli in Cox’s Bazar be called off protest.
The hour-long human chain was formed in front of the Deputy Commissioner’s office in Sadar upazila.
Speakers who were part of the human chain said the houses, temples, and even the cremation ground of the ethnic community of Choufaldandi union in Sadar upazila of Cox’s Bazar district had been acquired by the local Water Development Board through what they described as illegal means, for the construction of a Super Dyke in the coastal area of the district.
An eviction drive is being conducted in the area to free the land. A total of 120 families’ houses, three cremation grounds and three Buddhist viharas of the Rakhain community will be demolished during the drive, said Uchincha Rakhain, while presiding over the programme.
The government has taken a project to build a super dyke on the Chattogram-Cox’s Bazar coast under its ‘Delta Plan’ project for sustainable development and ensuring security of the coastal areas.
They also demanded an alternative plan for the project from the government.