AGARTALA, Sept 17 - In a fresh attempt to take the bilateral relations between Bangladesh and India to a new height, the Bangladesh Government has proposed to set up a museum here in the name of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, considered the father of Bangladesh.
Dr Hasan Mahmud, Information Minister of Bangladesh, put forward the proposal during a meeting with Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb on Monday evening. He also expressed the desire to build a memorial for the Bangladesh freedom fighters who sacrificed their lives in the liberation war. Deb is reported to have responded positively to the proposal.
Tripura had played a vital role in the liberation war of Bangladesh and the first major onslaught against Sheikh Rahman by the then Pakistan Government was in the infamous Agartala conspiracy case. Sheikh Rahman was accused of visiting Agartala secretly, meeting then Chief Minister Sachindra Lal Singha and hatching a conspiracy against the Pakistan Government.
In course of the meeting, the Chief Minister urged the Bangladesh minister to take appropriate measures for finalising the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for the Mongla and Chittagong ports immediately. Besides, reduction in customs duty on tea and opportunities to all rubber growers to export their products to Bangladesh were sought.
The Tripura Chief Minister also laid emphasis on destination-to-destination loading and unloading facilities for trucks coming from Bangladesh. Dr Mahmud assured that he would take up these issues with Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on a priority basis.