Bagha Jatin’s sculpture vandalized, college principal arrested along with 3

Bagha Jatin’s sculpture vandalized, college principal arrested along with 3

Bangladesh

Kushtia correspondent, Dhaka Times
2020-12-18

Police have arrested three people for questioning in connection with the vandalism of a sculpture of revolutionary Bagha Jatin, one of the fighters of the anti-British movement at Kaya Jatin Degree College in Kumarkhali, Kushtia. Police took them to the police station for questioning on Friday.

The three arrested are Nizamul Haque Chunnu, president of Kaya Bagha Jatin Degree College, Harun Rashid, principal and Khalilur Rahman, night watchman.

Earlier on Thursday, miscreants vandalized the sculpture of Bagha Jatin in the middle of the night.

Several locals said they saw the bust of Bagha Jatin in a broken condition on the college premises on Friday morning. They then informed the matter to the police.

Upazila Nirbahi Officer Rajibul Islam Khan said the miscreants broke part of the face and nose of revolutionary Bagha Jatin. After the demolition of the sculpture of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in Kushtia city, the culprits involved in the manner in which we have arrested the miscreants administratively will be found very soon.

Kumarkhali police officer in charge (OC) said. Mojibur Rahman said the police went to the spot around 11 am after receiving information from the locals. Meanwhile, various departments of the administration, including the Kushtia police intelligence agency, have started investigation. Anyone involved will be arrested very soon and brought under the law.

Kushtia Superintendent of Police SM Tanvir Arafat visited the spot and said that after the vandalism of Bangabandhu’s sculpture earlier this month, it was decided in the presence of MPs, district administration, police and other representatives to take security measures. But we were not told that there is a bust of Bagha Jatin here. That is why the college authorities cannot avoid liability. So the three are being questioned.

Meanwhile, Kushtia Deputy Commissioner visited the scene after receiving the news of breaking the sculpture. Aslam Hossain, Superintendent of Police SM Tanvir Arafat and Additional District Magistrate Sirajul Islam. The deputy commissioner said a three-member inquiry committee headed by the additional deputy commissioner has been formed.

Note that Jatindranath Mukherjee (Bagha Jatin) was an anti-British revolutionary leader. He is better known as ‘Bagha Jatin’. He played a vital role in the anti-British armed movement in India.

Born in 189 in Kaya village of Kumarkhali police station in Kushtia district, Bagha Jatin died in 1915 at the age of 35. The sculpture of anti-British revolutionary leader Bagha Jatin was inaugurated on December 6, 2016.

Dhaka Times / 16 December / Correspondent / MR

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