GC Dev’s paternal home still occupied by anti-liberation men

Published : 13 Dec 2019 09:27 PM | Updated : 07 Sep 2020 02:41 PM

The deserted, paternal home of renowned intellectual martyred Dr Govinda Chandra Dev (GC Dev) at Beanibazaar upazila in Sylhet still remained occupied by Jamaat backed late Rozzud Ali alias Roiya family for about four decades.

However, local administration and the distinguished persons of locality remained mum over the matter.

It is alleged authorities concerned never took any action to evict the occupiers of the house of GC Dev house. Besides, local people demand to build a museum at the GC Dev's house. 

However, an organisation named ‘GC Dev Smriti Sangsad’ has been built in the house and a small monument in front of the house was recently erected by the local authorities. 

According to local land office in Beanibazaar, the area of GC Dev house was on 2.47 acres of land but in present land survey it was found 1.47 acres at Nondipol Mouja under the Lautha union.

Shomik Uddin, son of late Rozzud Ali Roiya, said that district administration had leased them the house in 1997 for one years that time. Then every year, they were extending the tenure of the lease. .

Mousomi Mahbub UNO of Beanibazaar upazila, said that no one informed her about the grabbing of the intellectual martyred house. 

Abul Kashem Pollob, chairman of Beanibazar upazila , said,  ‘We are aware of the  occupation of the GC Dev’s house. 

But local administration mysteriously remained silent about this matter.’  He alleged that Beanibazaar people want a museum should be established at the house.  

When asked about the lease of GC Dev’s house, Deputy Commissioner (DC) of Sylhet Kazi Emdadul Islam said he knew nothing about the matter. If anyone submits any written objection about the house grabbing, he will take proper action against the occupiers.

Intellectual martyr GC Dev was born in 1907 at village Lauta under Beanibazaar upazila in Sylhet. He took primary education in his village. Later he qualified in his Entrance examination from PHG High School at Beanibazaar with a first division in 1925. That was followed by a HSC from Calcutta’s Ripon College in 1927.

In 1929, GC Dev obtained a Bachelor of Arts with Honors in Philosophy from Sanskrit College and in 1931 his academic career took another leap when he obtained a first class in MA in Philosophy from Calcutta University. Thirteen years later, in 1944 GC Dev came by a doctorate of Philosophy from Calcutta  University.

He began his career as a Lecturer at Calcutta’s Surendranath College.  Until his death he had been working as a Professor of Philosophy in Dhaka University.