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Remove collaborators’ names from schools, roads: HC

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The High Court today ordered the government to remove the names of collaborators from the structures of all educational institutions and roads by two months.

The court also asked the secretaries to the ministries of education and local government 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 government authorities concerned to explain why structures named after collaborators of Pakistanis should not be renamed and why they should not be directed to rename those roads, buildings and other structures after freedom fighters.

Prof Muntassir Mamun of History department of Dhaka University and eminent author Shahriar Kabir filed the writ petition saying that many structures have been named after leaders of anti-liberation forces at different times since the country's independence which goes against the spirit of the Liberation War.

During hearing the rule, the HC in August the same year directed the authorities concerned to immediately rename Khan A Sabur Road in Khulna and Shah Azizur Rahman Auditorium of Islamic University in Kushtia as those were named after two collaborators of anti-liberation forces.

The court said Khan A Sabur Road will now be called Jessore Road as per its previous name and the university authorities will rename its auditorium.

Petitioners' lawyer AKM Rashedul Huq yesterday told reporters that they submitted a supplementary petition to the HC annexing a list of names of 20 collaborators which are still now on the nameplates of some structures.

 

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