Bagha Jatin Degree College principal on Friday filed a case under the Special Powers Act 1974 in connection with vandalising the statue of anti-British revolutionary leader Bagha Jatin at Kumarkhali in Kushtia.
However, police detained him earlier in connection with the incident.
Four persons including principal Harun-ar-Rashid were detained for questioning in connection with vandalising the statue of Bagha Jatin, at Bagha Jatin Degree College on Friday.
They were taken to the Kumarkhali police station for questioning.
They were Kaya Bagha Jatin Degree College’s president Advocate Nizamul Huq Chunnu, principal Harun-ur-Rashid, night-guard Khalilur Rahman and No. 1 Koya Union Jubo League president Anisur Rahman.
Awami League backed Nizamul Huq Chunnu earlier served as upazila vice-chairman.
Kumarkhali Police Station OC Mojibur Rahman said Principal Harun-ar-Rashid filed a case against unnamed persons under the Special Powers Act 1974 in connection with vandalising the statue of Bagha Jatin at Koya Bagha Jatin College premises.
Earlier, miscreants vandalised the statue of anti-British revolutionary leader Bagha Jatin installed at Kaya College in Kumarkhali of Kushtia sometime after Thursday midnight, just two weeks after vandalising the under-construction sculpture of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in the same district town.
They smashed the nose and some parts of the right cheek of the statue during the night, police said.
Locals said they found the statue of Bagha Jatin, installed at the college premises, smashed on Friday morning. Then they informed police about the matter.
Kushtia additional superintendent of police Atiqul Islam Atique said, on information, a team of police went to the spot to inspect the matter.
Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO) Rajibul Islam Khan said the miscreants broke some portions of the face and nose of the statue. “We have succeeded to arrest the culprits after vandalising Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’s under-construction sculpture in Kushtia town, and we will also be succeded to find out the persons responsible for smashing Bagha Jatin’s statue.”
Kumarkhali Police Station’s OC Mojibur Rahman said police went to the spot receiving information from the locals at about 11:00am. “Different departments of the administration including the intelligence agency of Kushtia Police have already started working on the matter. Those who are responsible will be brought to justice as quickly as possible,” he said.
Meanwhile, receiving information, Kushtia deputy commissioner Md Aslam Hossain, Police Super SM Tanveer Arafat and additional district magistrate Sirajul Islam visited the place of occurrence at Kaya College. A three-member probe committee has been formed with additional deputy commissioner as convener to investigate the matter.
It may be mentioned that Jatindranath Mukherjee, or Bagha Jatin [Born: 7 December 1879 – Died: 10 September 1915), was a freedom fighter. Jatin was born in village Kaya under Kumarkhali upazila in Kushtia. In 1900, Jatin married Indubala Banerjee of Kumarkhali upazila in Kushtia. He died in 1915 at the age of 35.
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