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Case Number: Writ Petition No. 7899 of 2014

Date of filing: 2014/09/01


Bangladesh Environmental Lawyers Association (BELA)


  1. Secretary, Ministry of Environment and Forest
  2. Director General, Department of Environment
  3. Deputy Commissioner, Dinajpur
  4. Director, Department of Environment, Nishingdara, Bogra
  5. Upazilla Nirbahi Officer, Birampur, Dinajpur
  6. Mayor, Birampur, Dinajpur
  7. M/S Sheba Mill
  8. M/S Maa Oil Mill
  9. M/S Bhai Oil Mill
  10. Jui Oil Mill
  11. Nishat Oil Mill
  12. M/S Zakir Oil Mill


The operation of 6 spice mills at Puraton Bazar in BirampurPourashava, Dinajpur spread volumes of spice powders and dust that eventually landed on the villagers’ houses and crop fields. The fumes emitted from the mills contain wheat husk and spice powder that caused serious irritation to the eyes of the local people.


Date: 16/09/2014


The High Court issued a Rule Nisi upon the respondents to show cause as to why the impugned setting up and operation of the 6 spice mills in the residential vicinity of Birampur, Dinajpur should not be declared to have been established and operated without lawful authority and why the Mills should not be directed to be relocated in a suitable area with appropriate pollution fighting devices. 


Mrs. Justice Mirza Hussain Haider
Mr. Justice Md. Ataur Rahman Khan

Area of law



‘Masala Mill’ case

Relevant statute

Local Government (Union Parishad) Act 2009;

Bangladesh Environment Conservation Act, 1995 (Act No. 1 of 1995);

Environmental Conservation Act, 1997;

Penal Code, 1860

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