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Baltimore city mayor removes Ziaur Rahman's name from road

Move comes following Awami League leaders' appeal

Update : 10 Sep 2021, 04:42 PM

The office of the mayor of Baltimore city, Maryland, USA has removed the name of former military ruler president Ziaur Rahman, said the US chapter of the Awami League. 

At a press conference, the Awami League leaders said the mayor's office made it clear that they would not honour a military dictator by naming a road after him.

Earlier, the Awami League leaders had applied to the office of the mayor to remove Ziaur Rahman's name. 

On Thursday, a hearing was held at the Maryland state’s Baltimore city’s mayor’s office.

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The argument was that Zia was a military dictator who had come to power through a bloody coup d'état and he should not be recognized by the great country of America. 

After the hearing, his name was removed. The development was shared by the Awami League leaders at a press conference. 

The Awami League leaders said Zia's name was removed as he was the first military ruler of Bangladesh undermining democracy while the US is a democratic country.

Dr Prodeep Ranjan Kar and Engineer Mohamnad Ali Siddiqui, among others, briefed the media there who also had joined the hearing.

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