Suchitra’s ancestral home freed from occupation

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Suchinta Sen's ancestral home at Hem Sagar Lane at Gopalpur in Pabna.

Suchitra Sen’s ancestral home at Hem Sagar Lane at Gopalpur in Pabna. – File photo


Suchitra Sen

The ancestral home of Bangla film icon Suchitra Sen in Pabna was finally freed on Wednesday from the occupation of Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami after three decades, officials said.
The district administration took control of the house evicting Imam Gazzali Institute, a Jamaat-run kindergarten, in the town.
The district administration took action following a Supreme Court order which was fully published on July 10 asking the government to take control of the house where the late legendary actress spent her childhood before 1947.
Earlier on May 4, the Supreme Court upheld a High Court verdict that had directed the government to take control of the ancestral house of Bangla film icon Suchitra Sen in Pabna.
Suchitra, whose original name was Krishna Dasgupta, left Pabna along with her family a few months before the partition of the subcontinent in 1947 and settled in India. The legendary actress died on January 17, 2014 in Kolkata at the age 82.
The 0.21-acre house located in Gopalpur Hem Sagar Lane in the town went under government custody as vested property.
In 1987, the district administration had leased out the house to Imam Gazzali Trust for a year and later the deal was renewed every year.
People in the district time and again protested against the deal and asked the government to free Suchitra’s house.
As the government refused to renew the deal in 2009, the Imam Gazzali Trust filed writ petitions challenging the government order, but the High Court after two years in a verdict asked the trust authority to leave the house in two months and also asked the government to take necessary steps to safeguard and protect the memory of the legendary actress.

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