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12:00 AM, June 10, 2011 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, June 10, 2011

Nazrul's land to be recovered to set up memorial

Mamata tells Khilkhil

The West Bengal government will clear the encroachment from a plot of land given to poet Kazi Nazrul Islam for setting up his memorial.
Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's assurance on this came in response to a request from the poet's grand-daughter Khilkhil Kazi who called on her yesterday at the secretariat in Kolkata.
Khilkhil said the land, in the city's Kestopur area, was given to her grandfather in 1969 by the then United Front government. The land is now illegally occupied.
"We have the documents relating to the land. The occupants are willing to vacate it. We requested the chief minister to see that the land is freed and a Nazrul Centre is set up there. The chief minister has said steps will be taken after examination of the documents," she said.
Nazrul Islam, born in Churulia in West Bengal's Burdwan district, is the national poet of Bangladesh where he went on invitation of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
During her meeting with Banerjee, Khilkhil requested her intervention in taking over the apartment on KIT Road from where her grandfather Kazi Nazrul Islam had left for Dhaka.
She said the chief Minister assured her of considering her request to include the descendants of the poet's two sons, Kazi Aniruddha and Kazi Sabyasachi, in the managing committee of the Nazrul Centre being planned by the government as a tribute to Nazrul Islam on his 112th birth anniversary.

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