AMC Mayor Deepak Majumder, local MLA Surajit Datta and officials visit graveyards and burial places of Bangladesh liberation war at Indo-Bangla borders on May 4
AMC Mayor Deepak Majumder, local MLA Surajit Datta and officials visit graveyards and burial places of Bangladesh liberation war at Indo-Bangla borders on May 4

Agartala: The Agartala Municipal Corporation has decided to preserve and protect the mass burial site of Bangladeshi freedom fighters to recognise their supreme sacrifice for the independence of neighbouring Bangladesh, Dipak Majumder, Mayor, Agartala Municipal Corporation said on Wednesday.

A team of senior officials, local community heads, local MLA and elected members led by Majumder visited the Joynagar graveyard located just a few kilometres away from India-Bangladesh borders close to Agartala city to inspect the burial site.

“This is a historical site as Bangladesh freedom fighters who made supreme sacrifices during the liberation war were buried here. It is our responsibility to protect and preserve the area given its historical importance,” said Majumder while speaking on the issue.

During his visit, Majumder spoke to the local community heads and assured them of full support from the state government. “This area sets an example of peaceful co-existence of Hindu and Muslim population without any dispute. For the rest of the state, people living here are an inspiration for religious harmony and peace. We are indebted to developing burial sites and public graveyards almost similar to what we did for the central cremation ground at Battala here in Agartala city,” said Majumder.

AMC Mayor Dipak Majumder (in white kurta and scarf) visiting the burial sites.

On the development part, he said, locals, have informed us about a range of problems that need to be resolved as soon as possible. “At the initial stage, we have asked the official to demarcate the whole area and erect barbed fencing. Later on, street lights will be installed along with potable drinking water facilities. The approach road of the graveyard is also in a decrepit condition and within three months a twelve-foot approach road will be constructed”, said Majumder.

On being contacted, Municipal Commissioner AMC Sailesh Kumar Yadav said there are around eight to nine burial sites across Agartala city but no efforts have been made in the past to recognise those sites.

“Some are in government land while in some cases private properties are converted into graveyards inviting legal disputes. We have decided to recognize all the burial sites and this is the first one. We have chosen this on a priority basis because of the size of the Muslim population in the area. It is the largest Muslim-dominated area close to Agartala city and the burial site is also spread over a vast land,” he added.

Yadav also explained that Muslim people living here in Tripura tend to bury the mortal remains of their kin close to their habitat. “During the Covid pandemic, the administration was confronted by the resistant groups in the burial process of infected patients. This is why we have decided to develop the Jaynagar burial ground as a designated burial site or central graveyard,” he added.

Apart from that, community toilets and other required infrastructure will be also built at the site as per the availability of development funds, said the official.

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