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Priya has no land in Pirojpur: Minister

Published : Monday, 22 July, 2019 at 12:00 AM  Count : 983

Public Workers Minister SM Rezaul Karim, a parliament member from Pirojpur-1, on Sunday claimed that Priya Saha (Preo Bala Bishwas), who complained to US
President Donald Trump seeking his interference in protection of minorities from repression in Bangladesh, has no land or houses in the Char Baniyari village at Matibhanga Union under Najirpur Upazila.
He made the statement while addressing a press conference held in his ministry conference room on Sunday. It was organised to brief media about Priya's allegation to US President Trump.
Claiming himself as an inhabitant of the same union, Rezaul Karim said Priya's father Nagendra Nath Bishwas was a tenant of Char Baniyari village. Her brother Jagodish Bishwas is a retired public servant and living in Dhaka now. He had an house in the village that has remained abandoned.
After marriage, Priya is now a tenant of Jashore and living with her husband in Dhaka. As per the Hindu customary family law, she has no share in her parents' properties. As a result, she has no land or house in the village.

The MP from Sadar, Nesarabad and Najirpur upazilas also claimed that it's true that some people of char village had recently engaged in a clash on land related issues and set the house on fire. Jagodish's caretaker Komolesh had lodged two separate cases in this regards. Both from Muslim and Hindu community people are accused in the cases.
"It was not an incident of communal clash or attempt to grab minority properties," he said adding that the village as well as the district is a model of communal harmony. The people of all communities have been living there in peace.
He also claimed that there is no incident of 'disappearance' in the village from any communities.
Urging the party men of the ruling Awami League not to be misguided by Priya's absolute false statement, he said adding that it can be an attempt to destroy the communal harmony between the people of all communities. Such allegations can be raised with ill motives.

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