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Home Minister: 2 madrasa students vandalized Bangabandhu's sculpture

Four people have been arrested so far in connection with the incident

Update : 06 Dec 2020, 03:00 PM

Two students of a local madrasa vandalized the under construction sculpture of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in Kushtia, says Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal.

Speaking to the media at the secretariat on Sunday, the minister said four persons, including the two students, have been arrested over the incident.

"Two students of Ibne Masud Madrasa damaged the sculpture of Bangabandhu. They have been identified as Abu Bakar and Nahid," he said.

In the early hours of Saturday, miscreants smashed the under construction sculpture of Bangabandhu at a key intersection in Kushtia town. The face and hands of the sculpture were vandalized. 

The incident took place amid protests by various Islamist organizations across the country opposing the installation of Bangabandhu's sculpture.

However, the ruling Awami League and other political parties along with socio-cultural organizations continued their protests against the anti-sculpture groups.

"No one will be allowed to create instability [in the country] over the sculpture issue. Meanwhile, the general secretary of our party has cleared our stance. 

"We, who are involved in maintaining law and order, will not let anyone indulge in anarchism in Bangladesh."

Also Read - Unfinished Bangabandhu sculpture vandalized in Kushtia

Muktijuddho Mancha, the pro-Liberation War platform, on Saturday decided to file a sedition case against Mamunul Haque, joint secretary general of Hefazat-e-Islam Bangladesh, and Faizul Karim, nayeb-e-ameer of Islami Andolan Bangladesh, for opposing the installation of a sculpture of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

Recently, the Hefazat leader threatened to pull down an under construction sculpture of Bangbandhu in capital Dhaka. He was later backed by several other Islamist leaders, including Faizul.

Without mentioning names of any Hefazat leader, the home minister on Sunday said, “If anyone thinks they have become powerful, they are wrong.”

He, however, evaded a direct answer when asked about whether any Hefazat top leaders would be charged with abetting the vandalism of Kushtia sculpture. 

“Individuals whose name will come out in the investigation will be charged,” he said.

When asked, if the government will review the installation of Bangabandhu's sculpture in Dhaka’s Dholaipar, he said: “It is the matter of the government. Our issue is maintaining law and order in the country. We will take appropriate measures to contain that."

On Sunday, the Awami League's youth front Jubo League and student affiliate Bangladesh Chhatra League demonstrated across the country protesting vandalism of the sculpture in Kushtia.

Meanwhile, Awami League General Secretary and Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader said stern punitive actions will be taken against those who vandalized the under construction sculpture of Bangabandhu in Kushtia, reports BSS.

"Vandalism of Bangabandhu's sculpture is a severe offence that cannot be pardoned in any way. Those who are involved with the incident will be exposed to stern punitive actions by scrutinizing the CCTV footage," he said.

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