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Revolutionary Bagha Jatin’s Sculpture Vandalized

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Within 13 days of vandalizing the sculpture of Bangabondhu ,two Islamist radicals riding a motorcycle on Thursday midnight vandalized the sculpture of the revolutionary Jatindranath Mukherjee.

‘Bagha Jatin’ statue in Kumarkhali upazila of Kushtia was defaced and the perpetrators hurriedly left , said  Mojibur Rahman , a night guard of Kaya College.

Advocate Nizamul Huq Chunnu, president of Kaya College Governing body, Harun ur Rashid, principal of the college, Anisur Rahman, member of the college governing body and Khalilur Rahman, night guard of the college were being interrogated by police.

Earlier,2 Madrasa students Abu Bakkar and Sabuj confessed before the court on 12 December,they’re influenced by the radical anti-liberation hefazat leaders Mamunul and Babunagari to vandalize Bangabandhu’s sculpture in Kushtia around 8:30am on December 5.Two madrasa teachers Al Amin, 27, and Yusuf Ali, 26 were arrested on 6December who helped them to escape and accused in the case filed over the vandalization of Bangabandhu’s sculpture.They confessed before the court of Kushtia Senior Judicial Magistrate Delwar Hossain.

Kushtia Superintendent of Police SM Tanvir Arafath told Easternlink  the college authorities have shown extreme negligence in protecting the sculpture of Jatin.

“They have clearly violated the instructions of the government,” he said, adding that the decision whether they will be detained or released will be taken after the interrogation ends.

Jatin was born to Sharatshashi and Umeshchandra Mukherjee in Kayagram, a village in the Kushtia, subdivision of Nadia district of undivided Bengal in what is now Bangladesh, on 7 December 1879.

Bagha Jatin was the principal leader of the Jugantar party that was the central association of revolutionary freedom fighters in undivided Bengal.

Bagha Jatin died in 10 September, 1915 at the age of 35 after being wounded in gunfight lasting seventy-five minutes on banks of Buri Balam river in Odisha.

Five revolutionaries led by Jatin and armed with Mauser pistols fought a large police-army posse before they all died in Balasore Hospital or were captured. Jatin once killed a Tiger with bare hands – hence the adage ‘ Bagha Jatin’.

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