RU staff evicted as Archeology dept. took control of the bldg
Shamsun Naher, Rajshahi Bureau : At last, two staffs of Rajshahi University who used to work as caretaker and guard of the archeological relic ‘Boro Kuthi’, were forced to leave their rooms on Sunday noon. They lead their life with their family members, said the official.
They left the Boro Kuthi area with their belongings as soon as a six-member team including a custodian and an engineer from the Department of Archaeology arrived in Rajshahi on Sunday morning to take possession of the ancient building. After their arrival in the morning, the Archeological team members submitted letters to the Vice-Chancellor of Rajshahi University and the Deputy Commissioner of Rajshahi to assist them to make the historical building free from occupation.
By this time, the caretaker of the ‘Boro Kuthi’, also a staff of RU,who was living with family in two rooms of the building has left the rooms with his family members and belongings. Another employee who was working as a guard of the building also left the scene the same time. But keys of closed rooms of the building have not been handed over to the team members.
Sources from the department of Archaeology informed, considering archeological and historical significance, the government has declared Boro Kuthi as Preserved Relic from May-3 last year and it has been published in Bangladesh gazette through a notification dated June-21 last year. On July 26 last year, department of Archeology issued a letter to the authorities of Rajshahi University to free the building from occupation but RU authorities did not take any action in this regard. Moreover, an employee of RU had been staying with family inside the building and the building was being rented as a community centre. On Friday last the building was rented to a staff of Rajshahi City Corporation at Taka 1,000 for arranging functions of marriage ceremony of his daughter.
Following a news published in this connection, a six member archeological team headed by custodian Abu Sayed Inam Tanvirul arrived in Rajshahi from Rangpur. The team members include an engineer and four gardeners. The gardeners started to clean the Boro Kuthi building but due to absence of key of the locks of the building, the restoration work of the building could not be started.
Abu Sayed informed, due to absence of repair and renovation, the entire building has now become risky and vulnerable which may collapse any time. The building is required to be repairedand preserved in an emergency basis. The works of repair and renovation of the building will be started during the current fiscal year, he mentioned.