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Dhanmondi Playground

Editorial

Free up Dhanmondi playground

THE tug of war over who will have access to what is essentially a publicly-owned playing field in the heart of Dhanmondi R/A is surprisingly not yet over. Despite the city corporation's intervention after the hue and cry over a sporting club claiming it exclusively as its own, the matter hangs fire. Now senior citizens belonging to civil society have made a call for the intervention of the prime minister in the matter. In this sprawling city of some...

Dhanmondi playground half open

Dhanmondi playground half open

The Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club authorities have closed the main gate of the Dhanmondi playground on Road-8 on Wednesday but children have access to the ground through a side gate. However, architect Iqbal Habib, one of the leading persons campaigning for freeing the public playground from the club's occupation, said, “It [locking the main...

Playground and politics

IN a new twist to the long protracted saga of opening the Dhanmondi Playground for all comers, Sheikh Jamal Football Club (which had been occupying the ground illegally for the last few years) has filed cases against 35 unidentified for vandalism. Even after green activists condemned the attack and demanded punishment for the perpetrators, police kept up the pressure by rearresting activist Ishtiaque Ahmed just four hours after his release. One must condemn the nature of foul-play surrounding this...

Cops act strangely

Cops act strangely

Within four hours of his release, a green activist was arrested again for Friday night's vandalism at the Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club. Syed Ishtiaque Ahmed, 36, was made accused in a case for vandalism, arson and carrying explosives and firearms. However, he was granted bail when Dhanmondi police presented him yesterday before the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate's Court with a seven-day remand prayer. Unidentified miscreants on Friday night defaced the mural of Sheikh Jamal and vandalised the guardroom of Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club at the capital's Dhanmondi-8 playground. Using the name of environmentalists, they also hung banners hailing greens for freeing Dhanmondi playground from illegal occupation and defaming Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina' family. The...

Dhanmondi Playground For All

Plot on against campaigners?

Plot on against campaigners?

Unidentified miscreants in a mystery attack on Friday night defaced the portrait of Sheikh Jamal and vandalised the guardroom of Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club at the capital's Dhanmondi-8 playground. The portrait at the entrance to the field was stained with black ink while window panes of the guardroom were vandalised around 10:40pm, Masud Karim,...

Greens demand punishment to Sk Jamal attackers

Greens demand punishment to Sk Jamal attackers

Condemning Friday's vandalism of Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club at the capital's Dhanmondi-8 playground premises, green activists today demanded punitive action against perpetrators involved with the incident. A vested group has been plotting against the green activists who have been trying to protect the playground from grabbers, they alleged at a press conference at Ramesh...

Dhanmondi Playground

Demolish structures, stop construction

Demolish structures, stop construction

Green activists and former national players yesterday demanded that all old structures of Dhanmondi Playground be demolished and the construction of new ones be stopped immediately. They also demanded the withdrawal of false case against the activists, who had been demonstrating to protect the field. They made the demands at a citizens' rally jointly organised...

New bench to hear Dhanmondi playground plea

New bench to hear Dhanmondi playground plea

A new high court bench has been formed to deal with a writ petition filed for the removal of illegal structures from Dhanmondi public playground of the capital. The HC bench of Justice Quazi Reza-Ul Hoque and Justice ABM Altaf Hossain will now deal with the petition. The bench will fix a date next week...

STRAIGHT LINE

Predatory elites and embattled citizens

Predatory elites and embattled citizens

THE residents of Dhanmondi residential area of Dhaka metropolis may be heaving a temporary sign of relief after the reclaiming of Dhanmondi playground for the public. While the Dhaka City Corporation has made it publicly clear that the ground is open for supposedly unfettered public use, one can also see the ongoing disputed...

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