Saturday, 18 June 2011

HC poser to govt on P'garh fort-town

The High Court on June 14 as asked the government why the seventh century fort-town at Panchagarh Sadar Upazila should not be declared an archaeological site.

The court asked also why directive should not be given to preserve that historical establishment of Bhitargarh Mouza.

The bench of justices Gobinda Chandra Tagore and A H M Shamsuddin Chowdhury gave the order on Tuesday upon a writ petition by Human Rights and Peace for Bangladesh, a rights organisation.

Lawyer Manzill Murshid filed the petition on behalf of the human rights body on Monday.

The court asked nine people, including the cultural secretary, land secretary, director general of archaeology department, Panchagarh deputy commissioner (DC), district police superintendent (SP) and Panchagarh Sadar Police Station officer in charge, to reply within three weeks.

It also directed the DC and SP to keep the site under observation to prevent damage to artifacts.

Besides, the court ordered Assort Plus Limited and Celilun T Estate to maintain stability at the site by stopping all sorts of constructions in the area.

These two companies were operating a number of construction and development work on leased land in the area.

As per the petition, it is the government's duty to preserve every historical construction, according to the constitution's Article 24.

Following the court order, lawyer for the human rights body Murshid said the fort-town, once upon a time, used to be the centre of trade and commerce to as far-off places as Nepal, Bhutan and Tibet.

The petition was filed following several news reports.

On Mar 3, Daily Kaler Kantho ran a report that a University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh team, led by its teacher Shahnaz Husne Jahan Lina, had been digging the premises of two houses in the area at Amarkhana union parisad to reach the ruins of the fort-town.

The university had secured permission from the archaeology department to conduct the excavation until 2013, the university authorities said. 

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