CHITTAGONG: Former Indian President Pranab Mukherjee on Wednesday visited the armoury raid site and European Club having historical importance linked to the anti-British movement in the port city.
The veteran politician and time-tested friend of Bangladesh also paid tribute to the revolutionary Pritilata Waddedar by placing floral wreaths to her sculpture in the city’s Pahartali area.
Pranab Mukherjee first visited the armoury near Dampara Police Line at around 10:30 am. The then armoury was captured by a group of revolutionaries led by Masterda Surya Sen during the anti-British movement.
Chittagong Metropolitan Police (CMP) Commissioner Md Iqbal Bahar and other high officials of the CMP welcomed the former Indian president at the historic place.
CMP Assistant Commissioner Debdut Majumdar briefed the former president about the history of the armoury site.
After visiting the armoury, Pranab went to the city’s Pahartali to visit the European Club.
Parliamentary Standing Committee on Railways Ministry Member ABM Fazle Karim Chowdhury MP, Chittagong Deputy Commissioner (DC) Md Jillur Rahman Chowdhury and Railway (East) General Manager Abdul Hye and other high-ups greeted the politician with flowers.
He inspected the European Club, which was attacked by revolutionaries led by Pritilata.The revolutionary consumed cyanide and died to avoid getting arrested after the attack.
The club was being used as office of the Railway till few days back.
The veteran leader placed floral wreath at the statue of Pritilata there.
Pranab accompanied by his daughter Sharmistha Mukherjee left the club for the Chittagong Shah Amanat International Airport at around 12:00noon to go to Dhaka.
Earlier, Lawmaker Fazle Karim Chowdhury talked to journalists and informed that the club will be developed as a museum and a railway station at Chittagong University of Engineering and Technology (CUET) at Raozan upazila will be named after name of revolutionary Masterda Surya Sen.
The former Indian president arrived in Dhaka on January 14 on a four-day private visit.
After staying two days in the capital, he arrived in Chittagong for first time on Tuesday and attended a special convocation at Chittagong University (CU).
The university authority conferred honourable degree doctor of letters (D.Litt) on the former Indian president at the convocation on the campus.
Later, he delivered a commemorative speech at the convocation.
The Indian leader also went to the village home of Masterda Surya Sen in Raozan upazila on Tuesday to pay tribute to the Bengal revolutionary.
He also attended a reception programme arranged by Indian Assistant High Commission to Chittagong on Tuesday night.