Md Noor Alam Gopalpur (Tangail): Police have arrested two persons for allegedly vandalizing the stage set up to celebrate Genocide Day at Mahmudpur Battala of Hadira Union in Gopalpur Upazila of Tangail. They are Sattar Ali and Sujan Mia of Mahmudpur village. Shafiqul Islam Talukder, General Secretary of Gopalpur Upazila Teachers' Association and family member of the 1971 Martyr, said that on September 30, 1971, the Pakistani invading forces destroyed the villages of Mahmudpur and Pankata. 17 martyrs and more than half a hundred were injured by the hyenas. Many buildings were burnt down. Many women lost their dignity. In order to protect the memory of the martyrs, the local upazila administration built a memorial named "Freedom 71" in Mahmudpur Battala in 2021. On Thursday afternoon, the stage was built in the memorial square to properly observe the Genocide Day today. But on Friday morning, a group of miscreants vandalized the stage. As a result, there was anger in the area. Local residents protested at the spot demanding the arrest of the culprits. Gopalpur Police Station Officer-in-Charge (OC) Md. Mosharraf Hossain said that after receiving the information, two people were arrested and sent to jail through the court after filing a case in the police station. He said that efforts are underway to arrest the rest of the accused. Upazila Executive Officer (UNO) Md. Parvez Mallick confirmed the truth of the incident and said that after the stage was repaired, a wreath-laying ceremony, a discussion meeting and a prayer ceremony for the martyrs were held at the altar of the "Swadynta 71" monument.