Supporters and activists of Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) defaced the name plaque of a school in Old Dhaka on Sunday, protesting against the Dhaka South City Corporation’s (DSCC) move to rename the school Moghultuli High School.
The Dhaka City Corporation established the school in 2006 and named it ‘Shaheed President Ziaur Rahman High School’. It was named after Ziaur Rahman, founder of the BNP.Recently, the board of councilors of the DSCC renamed the school ‘Moghultuli High School’.
Eyewitnesses said that BNP supporters and activists led by Habib-un-Nabi Khan Sohel and Ishraque Hossain staged demonstration at Moghultuli area in protest against changing the name of the school.
At one stage, they defaced the nameplate of Moghultuli High School and coated the plaque with black colour. BNP men said former Mayor Sadeque Hossain Khoka had established the school in 2006.
Addressing the demonstration, Ishraque said the city corporation authorities have changed the name of the school with ill intention unnecessarily. “Neither residents nor other parties demanded to rename the school.” He urged the current authorities of the city corporation to be tolerant and avoid the politics of vengeance.
Ishraque also said the government cannot erase the name of Ziaur Rahman from the heart of people. At the programme, Habib-un-Nabi Khan Sohel claimed that locals have protested against renaming the school through removing the name of Ziaur Rahman. “We are protesting at the move. The protest will continue if such move is proposed further.”