The High Court today directed the government to remove the names of Pakistani collaborators from the roads and structures across the country and to rename them after the names of local freedom fighters in 90 days.
The court also ordered the LGRD secretary and education secretary to submit a report after complying with the directive before it on February 23 next year and also fixed February 25 next year for passing further order on this issue, Deputy Attorney General Amit Dasgupta told The Daily Star.
The bench of Justice Zubayer Rahman Chowdhury and Justice Ahmed Sohel came up with the directive during hearing a writ petition filed by Prof Muntasir Mamun, a teacher of the History department of Dhaka University, and Shahriar Kabir, an eminent writer, in May 2012.
They stated in the petition that many structures have been named after the leaders of anti-liberation forces at different times after the independence, which is against the spirit of the War of Liberation.
They mentioned that a road in Khulna and an auditorium of Islamic University were named after Khan A Sabur and Shah Azizur Rahman who were the collaborators and leaders of anti-liberation forces.
In the writ petition, Prof Muntasir and Shahriar Kabir sought necessary order upon the government to remove the names of alleged collaborators from the road and structures.
On May 14, 2012, another HC bench had directed the government to suspend the names of Khan A Sabur Road in Khulna and Shah Azizur Rahman Auditorium of Islamic University immediately.
The court had also issued a rule asking the government to explain why the names of Pakistani collaborators should not be removed from the roads and structures across the country and why it should not be directed to rename those roads, buildings and structures after the freedom fighters.