Three people was arrested over vandalism of the sculpture of anti-British revolutionary leader Jatindranath Mukherjee, popularly known as Bagha Jatin, in Kushtia on Friday. Police arrested them from various places of the district on Friday night.
The arrestees were identified as Anisur Rahman Anis (35), Sabuj Hossain (20) and Ridoy Ahmed (20). Police claimed that the sculpture was vandalised over a feud between Koya College Principal Harun Ar Rashid and college’s managing committee. The law enforcers are conducting drive to arrest one named Bachu as he was also involved in the vandalism, police said.
Miscreants smashed the nose and some parts of the right cheek of Bagha Jatin’s sculpture on Friday. Later, the college principal filed a case with the local police station in connection with the vandalism of the sculpture.
Bagha Jatin was one of the most renowned revolutionary freedom fighters who had stormed the British rule in India. He was born on December 7, 1879 at Koya village. He obtained the epithet ‘Bagha’ in 1906 after he alone killed a Royal Bengal Tiger with a dagger after fighting with it for nearly three hours. He created a ‘network of secret society’ to train dedicated youths for the revolution against the British and consequently became the commander-in-chief of that group which later turned into the most famous revolutionary group Jugantor.
When the whole Indian sub continent was silent amid people’s discontent against the British Raj, Jatin declared “Amra morbo, jagat jagbe” (We shall die to awaken the nation). Thousands of young revolutionaries joined his brand of freedom movement. Before the World War I, Jatin met the German Crown Prince in Kolkata and convinced him to supply arms for an insurrection to create a socialist government in India.
On September 10, 1915, the 36-year-old revolutionary leader succumbed to bullet injuries at a Balasore hospital following a battle with the British.
Kumarkhali upazila administration built the sculpture to remember him at his birth place. The sculpture was inaugurated on December 6, 2016. Earlier, an under-construction sculpture of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was vandalised in Kushtia on December 5.