Halting land grabbing by local elite through sustained legal action

The village of Rampur, in the Dinajpur district of Bangladesh, was established on public ‘khas’ land in 1953 by landless farmers. However, in the following decades, different groups of local elites claimed the land and tried to evict the villagers. Thanks to support from CDA, the villagers resisted the harassment and false claims. In 2000 the court quashed the false claims; in 2001 the village was beneficiary to a governmental land distribution scheme; and in 2008-2009 the villagers were awarded formal ownership of the land.

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