12:00 AM, December 07, 2016 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, December 07, 2016

Roads, Educational Structures

Remove '71 collaborators' names in 2 months: HC

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The High Court yesterday gave a two months' deadline to the government for removing names of collaborators of anti-liberation forces from all roads as well as from structures of all educational institutions in the country.

The court also asked the secretaries to the ministry of education and the ministry of local government, rural development and cooperatives to submit a report before it by March 1 next year after complying with the order.

The bench of Justice Quazi Reza-Ul Hoque and Justice Mohammad Ullah passed the order during hearing a rule issued in 2012 in this regard.

Following a writ petition, the HC in May 2012 issued the rule asking the authorities concerned to explain why structures named after collaborators of Pakistan should not be renamed and why they should not be directed to rename those roads, buildings and other structures after freedom fighters.

Prof Muntassir Mamoon of History department at Dhaka University and eminent author Shahriar Kabir filed the writ petition saying that since the independence of the country, in contrast to the spirit of the Liberation War of 1971, many roads and structures had been named after individuals who took a stand against the liberty of the nation.

During hearing of the rule, the HC in August the same year directed the authorities concerned to immediately rename Khan A Sabur Road in Khulna to Jessore Road -- the original name of the road during the Liberation War in 1971.

The court also asked the authorities of Islamic University in Kushtia to rename Shah Azizur Rahman Auditorium.

The court in its rule said the names of the road and the auditorium need to be changed as those were named after two collaborators.

AKM Rashedul Huq, the petitioners' lawyer, yesterday told reporters a supplementary petition was submitted to the HC annexing a list of 20 collaborators' names that are still being displayed on plaques of various structures.

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