Bhola forest department is set to sue 15 people including three former union parishad chairmen in two cases today for chopping down over 30,000 trees at the Char Bestin mangrove forest in the coastal areas.
Each of the case documents named 15 persons and around 150 to 200 others unnamed, Masud Sarder, range officer for Kukrimukri told The Daily Star yesterday.
“I have sent the documents to Bhola Judicial Magistrate’s Court through the divisional forest officer of Bhola,” he added.
The three former UP chairmen are Jahangir Hossain of Gajalia UP, Samsuzzaman Likon of Panpatti UP and Mizanur of Dakua UP, all under Galachipa upazila.
Bellal Hossain Shishir, inspector of Bangladesh Ain Sahayata Kendra, is the main accused in both the cases.
A group of around 400 people felled the trees on Thursday destroying the much of the forest.
The forest official noted his department planted the trees in 2004-05 and 2005-06 fiscal years.
Source: The Daily Star: http://www.thedailystar.net/newDesign/news-details.php?nid=191599