Decision on Tentultala playground after discussion: Minister of Interior

File photo of Interior Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal

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Interior Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal

File photo of Interior Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal

Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal said today (25 April 2022) that decision on Tentultala playground allocated for construction of Kalabagan Police Station will be taken later after discussion.

“I have asked those concerned, including the mayor, to seek alternatives in this regard and the decision on the matter will be taken later after discussion,” the minister said answering questions from reporters after distributing clothing. Eid at Govt Science College in DHaka. Tejgaon

The Minister said that the Deputy Commissioner’s Office has allocated the land (Tentultala Playground) to Kalabagan Police Station. When construction work began to complete all processes, protests began demanding a playground.

“We also believe that children will play in the playground. It’s usual, so a playground must be managed to play,” Asaduzzaman said.

“Whatever we say on the playground of Kalabagan, law enforcement has a great responsibility. If we fail to maintain public order, everything will stop,” the minister said.

He said the establishment of the Kalabagan Police Station is a result of long term efforts as the station operates in a rented building.

Yesterday, Kalabagan Police arrested Syeda Ratna, a community leader trying to save Tentultala playground and her 17-year-old son. They were released about 12 hours later.

Read more: Tentultala playground: Protester, teenage son picked up

On January 31, the Dhaka Deputy Commissioner’s Office handed over the playground land to Dhaka Metropolitan Police to establish a facility for Kalabagan Police Station.

Residents refused to abandon the playground. For several months, they have expressed the need to keep it as it is for the good of the children.

Over the years, the Tentultala playground, which spans about a bigha of land, has been used as a playground, as an Eidgah and as a place for namaz-e-janazas.

Harold B. McConnell