Several hundred people from different walks of life on Saturday held a human-chain in front of the house of Abdul Monem Khan at Banani of the capital, who was the governor of East Pakistan during the liberation war in 1971, demanding cancellation of its allotment.
The speakers at the human chain who claimed themselves as pro-liberation force also asked the government to cancel all other allotments to the anti-liberation people immediately.
The people under the banner of different organisations including Ekattarer Ghatak Dalal Nirmul Committee, Sectors Commanders Forum, Bangladesh Khetabprapta Muktijoddha Samiti and Muktijoddha Smriti Sangrakkhan Kendra held the human-chain, after 10 days the Dhaka North City Corporation had demolished a portion of the house that the residents grabbed illegally.
Abdul Monem Khan, a Muslim League leader, was the main weapon of then Pakistani ruler Ayub Khan who helped them to suppress Bangalis.
The Muslim League leader was shot by freedom fighters on October 13 in 1971 and died in a hospital later.
In 1974, than government allotted a 5.11-acre land for Abul Monem Khan’s family at Banani near Banani graveyard.
Later the Monem’s family members grabbed a portion of government land and built the house Baag E Monem beside the Dhaka-Mymensingh Highway.
Earlier on November 3, DNCC run an eviction drive on the land, and reclaimed the illegal portion which was grabbed by the family members of Khan.
DNCC mayor Annisul Huq, executive president of the Ekattorer Ghatak-Dalal Nirmul Committee Shahriar Kabir, historian Muntassir Mamoon and the others were present at the human-chain among others.
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