Shafiqul Alam/AFP Bureau Bangladesh
It is easy to recover canal and river land grabbed by small-time politicians and local mastans in the lower and middle class neighbourhood. But it is tougher to recover precious land and prized properties grabbed by big guys along edges of Gulshan-Banani-Baridhara lake. Last year I saw report, which said at least 61 acres of the land was grabbed by mostly influential people. It is easier to find out how much of the lake was grabbed,. filled up and then turned into prime lake-view properties. The land records from early 20th century to the latest ones are there. All we need is a tough decision — the kind of which we see in regard to the landgrabbers of Bosila and many other places.