Shaheed Noor Hossain Day, commemorating the martyrdom of a young pro-democracy campaigner during the then anti-autocracy movement in the late 80s that led to restoration of democracy in 1990, was observed on Thursday in a befitting manner across the country.
On November 9 in 1987, Awami Juba League leader Noor Hossain – who inscribed his chest and back of his bare body with the slogan, ‘Free Democracy; Down with autocracy’ – was killed in police firing at Zero Point in Dhaka during the mass upsurge against the then Ershad’s autocratic regime.
Several other demonstrators also sustained serious injuries in the attack on the day.
The martyrdom of Noor Hossain hastened the fall of autocratic ruler HM Ershad. He eventually stepped down on January 6 in 1990.
Different political parties, socio-cultural organisations and professional bodies chalked out elaborate programme including placing wreaths, at Noor Hossain Square, offering Fateha at Jurain graveyard, milad mahfil and memorial meetings or discussion to mark the day.
As part of day’s programme, ruling Awami League paid respect to him by placing wreaths at Noor Hossain memorial at the Zero Point, now renamed as Shaheed Noor Hossain Square in Gulisthan in the capital as a mark of respect to the young protester, at 8:00am.
AL general secretary Obaidul Quader, joint-general secretaries – Mahbub-Ul-Alam Hanif and Jahangir Kabir Nanak, organising secretaries – Ahmad Hossain, Khalid Mahmud Chowdhury and AKM Enamul Huq Shamim, cultural affairs secretary Osim Kumar Ukil, office secretary Abdus Sobhan Golap, members of central executive committee – SM Kamal Hossain and Riajul Kabir Kawsar, among others, were present there.
Noor Hossain’s eldest brother Ali Hossain paid rich tribute to him by placing wreath at Noor Hossain Square at about 8:30am and also offered munajat at Jurain graveyard subsequently.
Besides, Noor Hossain Shangsad also placed wreath at the Noor Hossain Square at 8:30am and also offered Fateha at his Jurain graveyard at 9:30am.
On the day, ‘Shaheed Noor Hossain Foundation’ placed wreath at Jurain graveyard of Noor Hossain at about 9:00am and also offered milad and doa at Bangabandhu Avenue, seeking eternal peace of the departed soul of Noor Hossain
Besides, leaders of Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal, Dhaka city North and South units of AL, Awami Juba League, Awami Swechchhasebak League, Bangladesh Chhatra League, Dhaka city South and North units of BCL, BCL Dhaka University unit, Jagannath University unit of BCL, Bangladesher Biplabi Workers Party, Juba Maitry, Chhatra Maitry, Biplabi Chhatra Sanghati, Bangabandhu Sangskritik Jote, Bangladesh Awami Motor Drivers’ League, among others, paid their respect to Noor Hossain by placing wreaths at Noor Hossain Square on the day.
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