Moudud evicted from Gulshan house

Moudud Ahmed

A Rajuk worker at Gulshan in Dhaka on Wednesday draws out bags from a house previously occupied by BNP leader Moudud Ahmed during an eviction drive. — Indrajit Ghosh

The Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha evicted Bangladesh Nationalist Party presidium member Moudud Ahmed from his Gulshan house, where he had been living for 36 years, on Wednesday, three days after he lost legal battle over the possession of the house.
Rajuk executive magistrate Khandaker Waliur Rahman told reporters that they conducted the eviction drive to carry out a Supreme Court order for reclaiming the possession of the house.
Rajuk officials, in presence of large numbers of law enforcers, evicted Moudud from the house on one bigha and 13 decimal plot on 159 Gulshan Avenue in Dhaka at 2:00pm.
Moudud, also a senior Supreme Court lawyer, who was not present when the Rajuk came for the eviction, came later being informed by his guards and caretaker.
Rajuk officials, meanwhile, started the eviction snapping electricity, water and gas connections of the house.
About 30 people removed the nfurniture and other belongings of Moudud from the house and loaded them on parked trucks brought by Rajuk.
The belongings later reached to Moudud’s flat at Gulshan on Road 51, said witnesses.
Rajuk officials said that the house would be kept locked temporarily and later high ups would decide the next action.
During the eviction, huge police with water cannons were on the spot where a few central BNP leaders went.
Later, Moudud, who looked gloomy, told waiting journalists outside the house that he was forcibly evicted during pendency of a civil suit with a lower court to restrain Rajuk from the eviction.
He alleged that Rajuk illegally evicted him from the house in a ‘terrorist style.’
‘They did not give me notice for the eviction,’ said Moudud.
He said that he would not have faced the eviction had he not been involved in BNP politics.
BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia along with senior leaders visited the house at 8:00pm after the eviction.
In 2010, Khaleda Zia was forced to vacate her cantonment house of 30 years, in which her late husband former president Ziaur Rahman resided, after she lost the legal battle.
On June 4, the Appellate Division rejected a petition filed by Moudud’s brother Manzur Ahmed seeking review of a decree in favour of Rajuk about the house by clearing the way for Rajuk to evict Moudud from the house he had been residing since 1981.
Moudud said that on September 14, 1965, the Dhaka Improvement Trust, now Rajuk, had allotted the plot to Inge Flatz, an Austrian national.
As Inge Flatz married Mohammad Ehsan, a Pakistani citizen and she inherited her husband’s property and business in the then East Pakistan.
She built a house on the plot with approval from the DIT on August 2, 1973.
Inge Flatz executed a Power of Attorney in favour of Moudud Ahmed of the Law Consultants duly notarised and endorsed by an official of the Bangladesh Embassy in Bonn in Germany and the foreign ministry of Bangladesh authorising him to make decisions about the house on her behalf, Moudud submitted in the court in his affidavit.
Inge Faltz rented the house to Moudud through a lease deed executed on May 23, 1981.
Moudud along with his family started residing in the house since June 1981.
Manzur Ahmed purchased the plot from Inge Faltz for Tk 60,000 paid in pound sterling, said the affidavit.
The Appellate Division decree said that the court found that in the disputed property the name of a fake person Mohsin Darbar had been used as the holder of Inge Flatz’s power of attorney.
It said that the court also found that no person existed in the name of Mohsin Drabar who was set up by Manzur Ahmed to grab the property using deceitful means.
It also said that government documents showed that Inge Flatz died before the execution of the lease deed.
The property was never recorded in Moudud’s name but the alleged sale deed was executed in favour of Manzur Ahmed, who is not a member of the family to which Moudud belonged, said the verdict.

Source: New Age