Demolition of war memorial in Agartala condemned

Staff Correspondent

8 July, 2021 12:00 AM printer

Sammilita Sangskritik Jote, a cultural organisation of Bangladesh, has condemned demolition of the 40-feet high war memorial in Agartala in Tripura of India and demanded its reinstallation.

The gigantic memorial was constructed there in memory of Indian soldiers and Bangladeshi freedom fighters who had sacrificed their lives during the Bangladesh Liberation War in 1971.

The Tripura government has recently demolished it as part of its ongoing project to build Agartala Smart City.

In an statement on Wednesday, Golam Kuddus, president of Sammilita Sangskritik Jote and its General Secretary Hasan Arif expressed deep concern and disdain over demolition of the memorial.

They said the monument rekindles the memories of the martyrs and commemorates support of the Tripura people and their sacrifices for the Bangladesh’s liberation war.

Such kind of historical establishment stands for the history, they said.

They added that the war memorial played an important role to build up friendship between the people of Tripura and Bangladesh.

They have termed the demolition of the memorial unwise decision and demanded for its reconstruction.

Earlier on Tuesday 20, eminent citizens of our country expressed concern over the demolition of the memorial.

In 2017, the Tripura government constructed the memorial and a park in memory of Indian soldiers and Bangladeshi freedom fighters who laid down their lives for the liberation of Bangladesh in 1971.

The then Tripura’s Chief Minister Manik Sarkar inaugurated the memorial in the park in the presence of Indian and Bangladeshi artists, intellectuals and freedom fighters on December 16, 2017, marking Victory Day of Bangladesh.