Noman Chowdhury Daily Sun DHAKA | Tuesday | 28 June 2011 |
A parliamentary body has asked the government to deposit the movable assets of Dhaka’s Nawab Estate to the exchequer.
The properties of the Nawab Estate should be deposited to the exchequer after proper examination by authorities concerned, the parliamentary standing committee on land ministry decided at a meeting on Sunday at the Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban.
Presided over by AKM Mozammel Haque, the meeting suggested examining the diamonds and jewelleries, now kept in a bank vault, by an expert jeweller to see if the century-old treasures are original.
It asked the members of the parliamentary body, deputy commissioner of Dhaka, a representative of the Archaeology Department and a magistrate to be present at the time of the examination.
Many are concerned about the state of the 110 priceless antiques of the family of Nawab Sir Khwaja Salimullah worth about 1 million rupees as per an estimate of 1908. The treasures are now kept in a vault of Sonali Bank under the custody of an office of the Land Reform Board.
Historians and civil society urged the government to look into the matter following a report titled “History locked in vault for century” published in daily sun on Saturday.
Land Reform Board Chairman Nurur Huq on Sunday told daily sun that the antiques of Nawab Salimullah are safely kept under its custody.
“We are planning to open the vault for checking its present state but the decision in this regard is needed from the government high-ups,” he said.