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Unfinished Bangabandhu sculpture vandalized in Kushtia

  • Published at 04:11 pm December 5th, 2020
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The vandalized sculpture of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman at the intersection of five roads in Kushtia city on December 5, 2020 Dhaka Tribune

The incident took place in the early hours of Saturday

Miscreants smashed an under construction sculpture of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman at the five roads’ intersection in Kushtia city. 

The face and hands of the sculpture were vandalized in the early hours of Saturday. 

The incident took place in Kushtia amid protests by various Islamist organizations across the country over the construction of Bangabandhu's sculpture.

The demolition of the under-construction sculpture has sparked a backlash across Kushtia. 

Leaders and activists of the district unit of Jatiya Sramik League staged a protest at the sculpture premises on Saturday in protest of the incident. 

Kushtia Superintendent of Police SM Tanvir Arafat said CCTV footage of the scene showed two men vandalizing the sculpture at around 2am. 

Attempts are being made to identify them. The SP said they will be brought under the law soon.

Md Mahbubul Alam Hanif, MP of Kushtia-3 constituency and joint general secretary of Awami League, said such repulsive acts would not be tolerated. 

All those who caused and helped this incident will be identified and severely punished. He said the police had already been instructed to take action.

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According to Kushtia Municipality sources, a sculpture of the national flower water lily was erected at the intersection of five streets in 2003 as part of the beautification of the city. 

Since then the intersection has been known to people as “Shapla Chattar.” 

On the occasion of Bangabandhu's birth centenary, it was decided to demolish the current water lily sculpture and construct three sculptures of Bangabandhu at the intersection in November this year using the municipality’s funds.

There was a plan to build murals of the four national leaders at the bottom of the sculpture.

Mahbub Jamal Shamim, a sculptor from Jessore, got the work order for the construction of the sculpture through a tender. 

The budget for the sculpture was about Tk30 lakh and construction work has started from November 17. 

One of the sculptures of Bangabandhu giving his March 7 speech facing Majampur, was nearing completion. 

However, in the early hours of Saturday, the sculpture’s face and hands were vandalized. 

Kushtia Municipality Engineer Rabiul Islam said about 75% of the sculpture construction was completed. The municipality is taking legal action regarding the incident of demolition of the sculpture, he added. 

Kushtia Municipality Mayor Anwar Ali said, it is assumed that those who are against Awami League and those who can not accept Bangabandhu have caused the incident. 

The municipality has informed the police administration. A case is being filed in this regard.

Deputy Commissioner Aslam Hossain said that after the incident, all the sculptures in the district including the Collectorate premises have been brought under CCTV camera surveillance. Necessary instructions have also been given to the concerned upazila nirbahi officers to increase surveillance.