The sculpture has not been seen since Thursday morning. The sculpture is believed to have been removed early Thursday morning. At present, the place where the sculpture was placed has a banner reading ‘Rabindranath has disappeared’.
Shimul Kumbhakar, who is associated with the installation of the sculpture and president of the Dhaka University Parliament of the Students’ Union, said, ‘It is no more since Thursday morning. We still don’t know who did it. We will meet Proctor Sir after some time and try to find out about it.’
DU Proctor Professor Dr. AKM Golam Rabbani said, ‘We are trying to find out who put the sculpture there? Why the beauty of the university premises has been destroyed by placing the sculpture next to an aesthetic sculpture without permission?’
Earlier on Tuesday afternoon, the sculpture of the universal poet Rabindranath Tagore was installed at the foot of the Raju sculpture at the Dhaka University (DU) TSC. The sculpture’s face had been covered in scotch tape, and the hand holding his Gitanjali poetry book had been sealed shut with bloody nails, as if trying to stop the poet from speaking and expressing his thoughts.
Dhaka University fine arts faculty and some students of different departments built this sculpture. They said that through this sculpture of the universal poet, an attempt has been made to make people aware of the importance of freedom in expressing their speech and opinion. It was supposed be on display throughout the month of February.