The museum named after Ziaur Rahman at the old circuit house in Chattogram will be removed and the building will be turned into a circuit house again, said State minister for information and broadcasting Dr Md Murad Hasan on Monday.
He justified the move as Ziaur Rahman was allegedly involved in the assassination of father of the nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
“The old Chattogram circuit house got facelift and named after Zia will be removed”, he said while exchanging views with journalists at Chattogram Press Club on Monday.
Terming Zia as a Pakistani agent, the state minister said, “The museum will be transformed into a circuit house again as no establishment run by public money could be named after Zia.”
He said the Chattogram circuit house bears the history and tradition of the liberation war.
Many Bangalees had been martyred at the torture cell operated by the occupation forces at the Chattogram circuit house, Murad added.
MA Hannan had read out proclamation of independence first on behalf of Bangabandhu, the state minister said.
“Why would the microphone of that proclamation be kept at Zia Museum? It will be kept at Kalurghat Transmission Centre,” he pointed out.
Chaired by Chattogram Press Club president Ali Abbas, the meeting also was attended, among others, by senior vice president Salauddin Mohammad Reza, Chattogram Union of Journalists (CUJ) president Mohammad Ali, Chattogram Press Club former president Kalim Sarwar, former general secretary Muhsin Chowdhury and BFUJ’s former vice president Shahid Ul Alam.
Chattogram Press Club general secretary Farid Chowdhury moderated the function.