Vol. 5 Num 295 Sat. March 26, 2005  
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Monuments for the 7 Birsreshthas

The government will erect monuments for the seven Birsreshthas and construct commemorative school and college buildings in their home areas to pay homage to the country's highest gallantry awardees.

The war heroes -- Captain Mahiuddin Jahangir, Lance Naik Nur Mohammed Sheikh, Sepoy Hamidur Rahman, Lance Naik Munshi Abdur Rauf, Flight Lt M Matiur Rahman, Engineer Ruhul Amin and Sepoy Mostafa Kamal -- sacrificed their lives for the country's liberation in 1971.

Six of the mausoleums will be constructed at their graves in Moulvibazar, Jessore, Khulna, Rangamati, Chapainawabganj and Brahmanbaria. However, the monument for Matiur Rahman will be built on the premises of Bangladesh Air Force Shaheen School and College in the capital, as his grave is in Karachi, Pakistan.

The Tk 5.98-crore project now awaiting the approval of the Planning Commission is scheduled for an immediate start and expected to be complete by June next year, according to sources at the Ministry of Liberation War Affairs.

"Nothing has been done so far under any government initiative to honour the supreme sacrifices of the Birsreshthas," said a high official at the ministry on condition of anonymity. He believes the project will make their families and the local people happy.

The project conceived in the last fiscal year initially aimed at only constructing monuments, each at a cost of Tk 67 lakh. It was later revised bringing the estimated cost of each monument down to Tk 9.10 lakh and allocating Tk 60 lakh to construct a school or a college building in their names in each of their home areas -- Narsingdi, Barisal, Jhenidah, Bhola, Noakhali, Faridpur and Narail.

A committee headed by the deputy commissioner has been formed in each district to select where to construct the educational institutions as memorials to the liberation martyrs, the sources said.

The Public Works Department will build the monuments and the Education Engineering Department the academic buildings.