>original of independence proclamation missing

>THE original copies of the country’s proclamations of independence, formation of the first government, and the laws’ continuance enforcement order of 1971 are missing from government custody, Shakhawat Liton writes in The Daily Star.
Senior officials of the cabinet division, who are responsible for preserving the historic documents, do not know how the originals got lost.
They said when the current caretaker government in April this year handed over some historic documents to the National Archives for permanent preservation, the original documents of the country’s birth were not found.
“Original copies of the documents were not in the cabinet division’s custody. We had photocopies of those, which we handed over to the National Archives,” Cabinet Secretary Ali Imam Majumder told The Daily Star.
Asked how the originals went missing, he expressed his ignorance about the matter.
Talking to The Daily Star about the matter, HT Imam, the country’s first cabinet secretary, said the original copy of the proclamation of independence was definitely in government custody, which was also published in an official gazette on May 23, 1972.
HT Imam, also the cabinet secretary to the Mujibnagar government, the first ever interim government of Bangladesh which led the liberation war, said it is really unfortunate for the nation that the original copy of the April 10, 1971 proclamation of independence through which the first government was formed and the March 26, 1971 declaration of independence was approved, are missing.
Barrister Amir-ul Islam, who drafted the proclamation of independence that worked as the provisional constitution of Bangladesh through the liberation war, said the draft was hand written and some copies were made before it was proclaimed in Mujibnagar in 1971.
“It’s unfortunate that the originals of the historic documents are missing. It’s all of our responsibility to find the originals,” Amir said.


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