Hemayet Bahini Museum lies unprotected in Gopalganj
GOPALGANJ, Mar 14: Hemayet Bahini was formed during the country's great liberation war in 1971. To commemorate their contribution to the war, a museum was built at Tupuria Village under Kotalipara Upazila of the district five years back. But, since its inception, it was not repaired.
The only museum of the district has remained uncared. As a result, the new generation can't know the correct history of the liberation war. Local people demanded immediate repair of the museum.
As the war started in 1971, the trainer of Pakistan army Hemayet Uddin fled to Bangladesh. He formed a force with 8,000 fighters. Besides male fighters, there were also female fighters.
During the liberation war, Hemayet Bahini fought a number of front battles. After independence, Hemayet Uddin was awarded Bir Bikram medal.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina inaugurated the museum on November 12, 2013. But, although five years have passed, no step has been taken to preserve the liberation war memorials.
Due to lack of repair, the building has become deplorable. Water enters the rooms after any scanty rainfall.
As there are no memorials of Hemayet Bahini at the museum, so visitors can know nothing about the liberation war.
Deputy Commissioner Mohammad Mokhlesur Rahman Sarker said steps will be taken to preserve the liberation war memorials. He said he ordered the Kotalipara Upazila nirbahi officer to take steps to preserve the museum.
Local people and freedom fighters, however, urged the authority concerned to take proper measures to repair the museum.