Eleven marble plates broken open at the tomb of Bnp’s founder and late President Ziaur Rahman have been repaired by the Department of Housing and Public works on late Thursday.
Unidentified miscreants had partially damaged the surrounding design of the tomb of Ziaur Rahman at Sher-e-Bangla Nagar in the city.
Mizanur Rahman, a sweeper of the grave, said he found 11 marble plates of the surrounding design of the tomb broken in the morning.
“Like any other day, I came to sweep the tomb premises around 6am on Thursday and spotted the damaged marble plates of the grave,” he told reporters.
Mizan also said there were 118 marble plates on the surrounding structure of the tomb.Eleven marble plates were broken open and four were taken away. Other broken marble plates were left there, another report said.
BNP chairperson’s media wing member Sayrul Kabir Khan told journalists that unidentified criminals damaged the design of the grave with an ulterior motive.
He said the incident might have taken place some time on Wednesday night.
A team of Sher-e-Bangla Nagar Police Station, led by its officer-in-charge Ganesh Gopal Biswas visited the spot around noon.
The OC informed the officials of the Department of Housing and Public Works about the incident.
An official of the department also arrived at the grave premises around 12:50pm and asked their two employees — Angur and Tuhin — to fix the broken marbles plates again with glue on the design of the round-shape grave. But, they failed to do the job despite their frantic efforts.
Later, BNP’s assistant publicity secretary Imran Saleh Prince and a delegation of Muktijoddha Dal visited the spot.
“We think the incident of damaging grave of Ziaur Rahman is an evil-designed conspiracy. We think the incidents of attacks on Khaleda Zia’s vehicle during city polls electioneering, stanching of people’s verdict in the polls and damaging Ziaur Rahman’s grave are linked to each other, ” Prince told reporters.