Students of several indigenous communities in the district formed a human chain yesterday, demanding immediate steps to stop illegal stone extraction from the natural water bodies in the district.
They made the demand at a human chain and rally in the press club area of the district town.
Villagers, mostly from remote Thanchi, Ruma, Rowangchhari, Alikadom and Lama upazilas, are facing serious water crisis due to the extraction, speakers at the rally said.
The villagers are also facing landslide risk and ecological imbalance, while wildlife is also suffering due to fast-dying streams, they said.
They alleged that ruling party men are violating the environmental laws by managing the local administration.
Many indigenous communities of remote hills are facing the threat of dislocation due to the stone extraction, the speakers said.
Parbatya Chattagram Forest and Land Rights Protection Movement (Bandarban Chapter) President Jumlian Amlai, former secretary of Bandarban Press Club Minarul Haque, Aung Chaw Mong Marma, Thoai Kya Ja Chak and Krait Pung Mro, among others, spoke at the rally.