Environmental Activist Sarif Jamil Files GD Over Threats to Life

Renowned environmentalist and former General Secretary of Bangladesh Poribesh Andolon (BAPA), Sharif Jamil, has filed a General Diary (GD) at a local police station following threats to his life. These threats are reportedly linked to his vocal opposition against the construction of buildings and other infrastructures that compromise environmental safety and violate urban development regulations.

The conflict intensified around the construction of a building near the residence of the late architect Rabiul Hossain, a project that Sarif Jamil had actively protested. Jamil highlighted the building’s illegal aspects, stating that it not only violates building codes but also poses significant environmental hazards. His persistent advocacy against the project has reportedly led to increased tension and threats from vested interest groups.

According to sources, the building in question is being constructed in violation of the 2003 building construction rules and the National Building Code. Despite several complaints lodged by the local residents and environmental groups, the authorities have allegedly turned a blind eye, further aggravating the situation.

Sharif Jamil, in his GD, mentioned receiving multiple threats, which he believes are attempts to silence his environmental activism. He emphasized the need for a thorough investigation and immediate action to ensure his safety and uphold environmental justice. Jamil’s family has also expressed grave concerns about their security following these threats.

Environmental groups and activists across the country have rallied in support of Jamil, condemning the threats and urging the authorities to take stringent action against those responsible. They have also called for stricter enforcement of building regulations to prevent such conflicts in the future.

This incident highlights the ongoing struggles faced by environmental activists in Bangladesh, who often find themselves at odds with powerful entities and development projects that prioritize profit over ecological sustainability.

Source: Green Time Editorial