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Ziaur Rahman’s name erased from Zia Memorial Museum

  • Published at 01:14 am February 13th, 2019
Zia Memorial Museum
Members of two ruling Awami League front organisations erase former president Ziaur Rahman’s name from a signboard in front of Zia Memorial Museum in Chittagong on Tuesday, Feb 12, 2019 UNB

Bangladesh Chhatra League and Jubo League activists also put up another signboard there with the photo of Deputy Education Minister Mohibul Hasan Chowdhury Nowfel

Only a day after a ruling party MP from Chittagong proposed renaming the Zia Memorial Museum, a group of Awami League supporters took the initiative to do so on Tuesday without any government directive.

Members of two ruling Awami League wing organizations erased former president Ziaur Rahman's name from a signboard in front of the Zia Memorial Museum.

Bangladesh Chhatra League and Jubo League activists also put up another signboard there with the photo of Deputy Education Minister Mohibul Hasan Chowdhury Nowfel.

They held a human chain under the banner of pro-liberation students' forum near the Circuit House in Kazir Deuri around noon before erasing the BNP founder's name.

They called Zia a “controversial” leader and argued that a Liberation War museum cannot be named after him. The protesters demanded renaming it Liberation War museum before Independence Day.

Zia, a sector commander during the Liberation War, went on to become the president of Bangladesh and founded the BNP on September 1, 1978.

The development came a day after Nowfel, an MP from Chittagong 9, proposed renaming the museum in a Cabinet meeting.

He said the renaming process was underway: "It is a longstanding demand of Chittagong residents. I moved the proposal as an MP from this constituency. Since it has everyone's approval, a written proposal will do."

Meanwhile, BNP's Chittagong metropolitan unit Acting President Abu Sufian condemned the erasure of Zia's name and accused the government of trying to obliterate the name of the former president and destroy the BNP.