A Statue of Speech and Liberty was built by acquiring 50 decimal land from the campus of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Memorial College in Shamsher Nagar village, Kaliganj upazila in Jhenidah.
The colossal statue of Bangabandhu was erected at the same time as that of the family members of the Father of the Nation killed on the night of August 15, 1975. A total of 52 statues of various sizes were ordered including that of Kazi Nazrul Islam, Rabindranath Tagore, former Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, the Bir Shreshthas, martyrs of the 1952 language movement, and the last Nawab of Bengal Nawab Siraj Uddowla.
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The Principal Founder of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Memorial College, Md Shafiqul Islam mentioned that a six storey building is being constructed as a symbol of the six point demand of 1966. On the first floor there will be a cafeteria, the Bangabandhu museum will be located in the 2nd and 3rd floor; on the 4th floor, there will be Bangabandhu’s research laboratory and library; Chchatra Shangsad and The Young Bangla Sporting Club will be on the 5th floor, and on the 6th floor there will be Projonmo-71 and Muktijoddha office.
UN Sadia Zerin of Kaliganj upazilla appreciated that as a university principal, Md Shafiqul Islam took the initiative to build a statue of speech and freedom, which will hopefully become a touristic destination.
Photo: Azibor Rahman