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A sheer negligence!

  • Rajib Kanti Roy
  • 30 December, 2021 12:00 AM
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A sheer negligence!

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Nameplate of a Liberation War hero, carrying distorted information, on the road named after him in the city’s Dhanmondi area is now lying in a shabby condition, thanks to the negligence of the authorities concerned.

The Dhanmondi Road No. 2 from Science Laboratory to BGB Gate was named as ‘Biruttam MA Rob Road’. A mural of the valiant freedom fighter and nameplates were set up both at Science Laboratory and BGB gate end.

But nameplates at both ends mention Major General (retd) MA Rob as Commander-in-Chief of the Great War of Liberation whereas MA Rob served as the Chief of Staff under Commander-in-Chief MAG Osmani and conducted war in the Eastern region of the country.

Besides, the entire nameplate in front of Dhaka City College lies in a decrepit state as it remains unclear and is surrounded by tree branches, leaves, wooden frames and barbed wire-fences.

If any one does not look carefully, it is difficult to recognise it as a nameplate.

Then undivided Dhaka City Corporation Mayor Sadek Hossain Khoka decided to rename different roads of the city after the names of valiant freedom fighters who had received gallantry awards for their bravery during the War of Liberation in 1971.

As part of that plan, the 8th General Meeting of the undivided Dhaka City Corporation, held on March 22, 2006 at Nagar Bhaban, finalised the decision of installing the murals and nameplates. It was decided to rename the Dhanmondi Road No. 2 from Science Laboratory to BGB Gate as MA Rob Road.

According to sources at DSCC, an advertising agency called ‘Ad Land’ was in charge of the overall management of creating and installing the mural and nameplate which were inaugurated in October 2008 by Sector Commander of the Liberation War and former Army Chief General (retd) KM Shafiullah. When asked whether is it the result of Dhaka South City Corporation’s (DSCC) negligence, DSCC Chief Engineer Saleh Ahmed did not want to make any comment before observing the situation of the nameplate.

Later, he said, “Commander-in-Chief of the War of Liberation was MAG Osmani. If distorted information is presented, we will correct it. And the nameplates of the valiant freedom fighters on the roads named after them cannot be left uncared.”

While talking to the Daily Sun on December 14, Saleh said he would send officials to Dhanmondi Road No. 2 the following day to get a clear picture and take further steps accordingly.

But on Wednesday, the nameplates were found with wrong information and one of the nameplates in front of Dhaka City College was still left uncared for.