Sunday, June 23, 2024

DCC asked to start removing illegal hoardings

The High Court on Monday asked the Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) to immediately start demolition of unauthorised billboards in the capital.
The court also directed the inspector general of police (IGP) and Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) commissioner to provide police forces during removal of the hoardings.
A bench of Justice AHM Shamsuddin Chowdhury Manik and Justice Md Delwar Hossain directed the officer-in-charge of Shahbag Police Station to appear before the court on April 5 to explain why the police did not assist the DCC in demolishing the illegal billboards on March 18.
The HC bench issued a rule upon the government to explain within three weeks why it should not be directed to pay compensation to the family members of the two people killed in a billboard collapse in Gulshan on March 15.
It also asked the OC to explain why departmental proceedings should not be brought against the policemen, who did not assist the DCC in removing the illegal billboards.
The court asked the Shahbagh police chief to explain before the court whether any police high official was responsible for the negligence of duty during the demolition.
The HC came up with the directives and rules after a writ petition was filed by Human Rights and Peace for Bangladesh (HRPD) on March 21 for direction upon the law enforcement agencies to assist the DCC authorities for demolishing the illegal billboards.
The petitioner also prayed to the court to issue a notice upon the Shahbagh police to explain why they had not assisted the DCC in demolishing the illegal billboards last week.

Courtesy of The Daily Star

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