Dreams come true after getting mass grave from IGP
Published: 08:18 PM, 13 October 2021 Updated: 08:41 PM, 13 October 2021
The cemetery built at the Sutargopta area of Bhabaniganj UP in Lakshmipur Sadar; Photo: Daily Bangladesh
Inspector General of Police (IGP) Dr. Benazir Ahmed has alleviated the suffering of 2500 families by building mass graves with his own funds.
These 2500 families have been living along the Ramgati-Kamalnagar road in Lakshmipur for more than two decades. They lost everything in the erosion of the Meghna River and found a place on the side of the road.
The mass grave has been constructed on 29.5 Satak of land at the Sutargopta area of Bhabaniganj UP in Lakshmipur Sadar for 10,000 landless people of 2500 families. Next to it, there is a mosque, a place for Wudu (Ablution) and all the ancillary facilities.
The locals of the area are happy to get the mass grave. They said they have been living on the side of the Ramgati-Kamalnagar road for more than two decades after losing their homes due to the erosion of the Meghna River. They lost many relatives after coming here, however, they floated the bodies in the river as there was no place to bury those.
It is learned that the police bought 29.5 Satak of land at West Charmansa village from Abdul Quddus of Kutubpur village in Laharkandi UP of Sadar upazila. The land was registered in December 2020.
Later, the construction of the cemetery and mosque started by raising the boundary wall on the entire land. There are deep tube wells, mortuary and toilets. The road from the main road to the mass grave has also been renovated.
After a year of maintenance and construction of the boundary wall including the mosque, the Lakshmipur district police turned the place into a mass grave, resulting in happiness among the landless people as they will have a place to bury the bodies after death. Landless people of Bhabaniganj and Torabgonj UP will also get a place here.
The landless Abdullah said that they could not find a place to bury their relatives when they breathed their last. He floated the bodies into the river or buried them on others’ land. There was no chance to go to the grave of his relative for praying. Now he is very happy after getting the mass grave. “My depart soul will get a peace even after my death,” he also said.
Ayub Ali, Emon Bepari and several other landless people said that they were more worried about not having a place of burial than the loss of their relatives. Many times, after a relative’s death, they had to sit with the body for hours. Besides, many were reluctant to bury others in their own graveyards. For this, after getting no solution, they had to float the body in the river.
Bhabaniganj UP chairman Md. Saiful Hasan Rony said the people living on both sides of the Ramgati-Kamalnagar road are homeless. IGP Benazir Ahmed has made history by constructing modern cemeteries and mosques for them.
IGP Dr. Benazir Ahmed unveiled mass graves and mosque plaques on October 5. PUNAk president and IGP’s wife Zeeshan Mirza was present at the time. After inspecting the mass grave and planting trees, Dr. Benazir spoke as the chief guest at the event.