Two Century old Dhaka Central Jail opened for the Public :- The government of Bangladesh opened the two century old Dhaka Central Jail. The most significant political prisoners of Bangladesh have been incarcerated within the walls of the two-century old Dhaka Central Jail.
Now the Dhaka Central Jail has opened to the public as a museum . The prison has borne witness to much of the brutal history of the country.
Scores of insurgents were hanged till death and their bodies left to rot in the 1860 following a rebellion against the British, which became known as the Sepoy Mutiny.
Thousands of political leaders who stood against the new rulers were detained in the prison after the British left in 1947.
The founding leader of Bangladesh – Sheikh Mujibur Rahman – whose daughter Sheikh Hasina is the current prime minister – spent years in one of the cell of the Central jail, leading the country’s budding separatist movement from there until the 1971 independence war against Pakistan.
Just months after Rahman was assassinated in a coup, army officers stormed the jail in the month of 1975 and killed four top political leaders, plunging the country into prolonged military rule.
Currently Prime minister of Bangladesh Sheikh Hasina and her sister – the only members of the family of Rahman who survived the coup – were among the first visitors to the Dhaka Central Jail.
Sheikh Hasina appeared overwhelmed with emotion as she visited the tiny cell where her father Rahman spent years. Hasina spent some quiet time in there reminiscing about her father.
Home Minister of Bangladesh – Asaduzzaman Khan said that there was a plan to turn the old Central jail into a historical and entertaining place with shopping centers, a park, museum and schools.
Historian Muntasir Mamun said that the jail lies at the centre of Mughal Dhaka. It is a key witness to our history, right from the British Raj to the recent execution of the war criminals.
The historian Mamun spent time in the jail as the political prisoner. Mamun said that It is an important symbol of the independence struggle. It has housed of thousands state prisoners and saw the hangings of thousands of them.
A nightmarish place – Two century old Dhaka Central Jail
Fayzur Mia who is a 35-year-old flower seller, choked back tears as he showed his two daughters the tiny cell where he spent nearly a year after being caught up in a political riot in 2014.
Mia siad that I had passed the most difficult phase of my life here and I wanted to show my children how the place looks. He further told that the tiny dark room with just two small meshed windows and no electric light. The room was so packed that the inmates were forced to sleep in shifts and share one squat toilet.
A visitor said that it is a symbol of our brutal justice system. I spent months here without knowing what was my crime. Young men and students must visit this place to know the reality of our life.