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PM Hasina orders evacuation of heritage building

Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina ...

By Sumi Khan

Mohammad Mominur Rahman, Deputy Commissioner (DC) of CTG district administration, told IANS that he deployed 10 officials of the Armed Police Battalion (APBN), a specialised unit of the Bangladesh Police, to take care of the heritage structure in light of the High Court order. Earlier in January a land grabber named Farid Chowdhury had taken over the heritage house bulldozed and demolished the wood-worked front part with a group of armed hooligans based on a court order. Following the incident, Dasgupta along with a group of social, cultural and history conservationists tried to stop further demolition. The hooligans withdrew the bulldozer, but remained there for the last 18 days.

The Cultural Ministry at a meeting held on July 17, 2018, had ordered the district authority of Chittagong to conserve all the heritage buildings, both Advocate Rana Dasgupta and Mominur told IANS. Cultural, social and historical building conservationists of Chittagong hailed the move by the district administration urging them to turn the structures into a museum.

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