Slum demolished in Khulna
Saturday, 02 February 2008

OurCorrespondent

The Bangladesh Railway, Khulna on Thursday evicted about 100 families from a slum on its land in the city on Thursday.

The dwellers of the slum in Station Road area near the Power House intersection, who are mostly sweepers and labourers, alleged that the railway authorities had evicted them without any notice.

About 100 families had been living on the land for about 15 years, they said. The railway authorities in Khulna, however, said they had issued notice to the slum dwellers about 15 days back, asking them to vacate the railway property. Abul Khaleq Mia, 55, who works in a shop at Kalibari Raod, said that he, along with his family members, would have to pass the night under open sky amid shivering cold.

‘If they (railway authorities) would give us the notice giving at least one month time, we could manage to shift elsewhere, but the sudden drive has come to us as a thunderbolt,’ he said.

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