A five-day- long photography exhibition titled Shongrami Jibongantha (life struggle) on Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujubur Rahman and four national leaders began on Tuesday.
The exhibition was arranged at the 228-year-old Dhaka Central Jail in the city's Nizamuddin Road.
The entire jail site was decorated with 175 photographs of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and four national leaders. Some letters from Bangabandhu to his spouse were also exhibited for the visitors while a museum was inaugurated at the site to commemorate him.
With a view to introducing the significant historical events to the people of the country, the jail authorities along with the Journey (a voluntary organisation) organised the exhibition.
The exhibition will be open for all from Wednesday. A visitor has to pay Tk100 as entry fee.
Finance Minister Abul Maal Abdul Muhit inaugurated the exhibition as chief guest with Brig Gen Syed Iftekhar Uddin, the inspector general of prison, in the chair.
Giving thanks to the audience, the Finance Minister shared his memories regarding his jail life while he said that the jail site was an inseparable part of country's history as many incidents took place here.
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Busts of the four top slain Awami League leaders at an exhibition arranged at the 228-year-old Dhaka old jail which has been turned into a museum Syed Zakir Hossain/Dhaka Tribune
“I was confined in this prison with many of my friends including current ministers Rashed Khan Menon and Hasanul Haque Inu,” he said at the programme.
Brig Gen Iftekhar said: “According to the directives of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, the authorities would install a convention centre, a cineplex and a swimming pool inside the jail.”
Earlier, Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan visited the exhibition around 4pm. While visiting he said: “The government has decided to preserve the memories and places of Bangabandhu and four national leaders at the Old Jail site so that the next generation can learn the history of the country.”
Senior Secretary of Home Ministry Dr Md Mozammel Haque Khan, DU teacher and Journey President Prof Dr Khandaker Bojlul Haque, national leader AHM Kamaruzzaman'ss son Khairuzzaman Liton and the curator of the exhibition Professor Emirates Dr AK Abdul Momen also spoke on the occasion.