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Houses evacuated near Lalbagh fort -The Asian Age

Dhaka district administration has evicted two houses illegally built in the Lalbagh fort on Thursday at 11am.

District administration's magistrate Touhid Elahi told media that the operation started with the help of Archeology Department.

On 31 May 2010, the Supreme Court gave its verdict in favor of the Department of Archeology. There were instructions to remove those two houses in three months.

The Supreme Court gave the order to compensate Haji Md. Abul Hashem and Harunur Rashid with a compensation of 40 lakh Taka before the eviction of these two houses. 

Asim Kumar Dey said that Abul Hashem cooperated with his work on breaking the house after getting his compensation. But Harunur Rashid has not yet received his check of 22 lakh 58 thousand 64 Taka. It is seen that the brick of the Lalbagh fort has been used in the basement of two houses, which is a criminal offense under Archeology Act.

Talking to the caretakers of the Lalbagh Fort, it is known that two owners were living illegally in those two houses for almost a decade. 

Officials of the Archeology Department said, “the ownership of the two houses has been changed for several times but we couldn’t confirm the information about builder of the houses yet”.