POST TIME: 15 November, 2019 00:00 00 AM
Streets named after anti-liberation people
HC asks govt to rename roads in 90 days
NU to rename 5 colleges

HC asks govt to rename roads in 90 days

The High Court (HC) has again ordered the government to rename within 90 days the streets and installations named after anti-liberation persons across the country. The HC also directed yesterday the authorities concerned to convert or rename those streets and installations, which were installed with the names of anti-liberation war, after the freedom fighters of respective localities. The authorities concerned were also ordered to submit the compliance report before it by February 23 over the matter. The HC bench comprising Justice Zubayer Rahman Chowdhury and Justice Ahmed Sohel came up with the orders after hearing on a writ petition filed in this regard.

Dhaka University Professor and Historian Dr Muntassir Mamun and journalist Shahriar Kabir filed the writ in 2012, and after holding primary hearing on the matter, the HC on May 14, 2012 issued a rule asking as to why it shall not pass order to rename such streets and installations.

In its rule, the HC bench asked the government to explain why structures named after collaborators of Pakistanis should not be renamed and why they should not be directed to rename those roads, buildings and other structures after freedom fighters (FFs).

But the order is yet to be implemented and that is why, the court has allowed time to comply with the order for one last time.

Barrister AK Rashidul Haque moved the case for the petitioners while Deputy Attorney General Amit Das Gupta appeared for the state.

Meanwhile, the National University (NU) has decided to change the name of five affiliated colleges the names of which are related to or involved with that of the war criminals.

Our Gazipur Correspondent said the name of a college has already been changed recently and the process of changing the names of the remaining four is in final stage. The information was disclosed in a press release issued by the NU yesterday.

The college that has already been renamed is Rabeta Model College, Rangamati.

The college that was being run by a special association has been renamed Longdu Model College.

Four other colleges that are in the final process of renaming are - Syed Soiduddin College of Madobpur in Habiganj and its changed name is Mawlana Asad Ali Degree College,  Eidgaon Farid Ahmed College of Cox’s Bazar was  renamed Eidgaon  Rashid Ahmed College,  Basail Emdad Hamida College of Tangail was  renamed Basail Degree College,  Dharmapur Abdul Jabbar College of Gaibandha was  renamed Dharmapur Degree College.

One year ago, the NU authorities took initiative to identify colleges named after the war criminals across the country. Letters were also given to the board of directors of the colleges to change the names of the colleges.

It should be noted that the NU authorities included the book ‘History of the emergence of independent Bangladesh’ in all disciplines at the affiliated colleges.