MINORITIES´ COUNCIL DEMANDS REPEAL OF PROPERTY ACT
May 30 1990
The Bangladesh United Council for Hindus, Buddhists and Christians (BUCHBC) demanded the government repeal the Vested (Enemy) Property Act which, they allege, has been used by government officials to acquire minority-owned lands.
Despite repeated assurances from President Hossain Mohammad Ershad that the act would be repealed and properties acquired under the act returned, no action has been taken, C.R. Datta, BUCHBC president told a rally here May 20.
The BUCHBC-organized public demonstration, attended by about 500 people, was addressed by leaders from different minority groups and followed by a peaceful procession through the city´s streets.
On July 18, 1989, President Ershad ordered the return of properties taken over by the government from the minorities, mostly from Hindus, under the Vested Property Act. He had given a similar order on 21 June, 1984.
The presidential orders reportedly have not had any significant impact.
The Vested (Enemy) Property Act was passed Sept. 6, 1965, when India and Pakistan were at war. Bangladesh was then a part of Pakistan.
It was like returning to the 1950s-60s said one of the participants
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Inside it were a prayer booklet, newspapers and some coins