Noor Hossain Day will be observed today commemorating the supreme sacrifice made by the young campaigner for democracy who was gunned down by police at Zero Point in Dhaka on November 10, 1987.
Noor Hossain, a motor driver by profession and a youth campaigner, caught the imagination of the nation with the slogans ‘Down with autocracy’ written on his bare chest and ‘Let democracy be free’ on his bare back.
He was participating in a demonstration against the autocratic ruler HM Ershad when the police shot him dead. After his death, the Zero Point was renamed as Noor Hossain Square.
His death added momentum to the movement for democracy which eventually turned into a popular uprising that led to the fall of Ershad on December 6 in 1990.
Political parties and socio-cultural organisations have been observing the day ever since as Shaheed Noor Hossain Day.
President Abdul Hamid, prime minister Sheikh Hasina, and Bangladesh Nationalist Party secretary general MIrza Fakhrun Islam Alamgir, in separate messages on the eve of the day, recalled Noor Hossain’s supreme sacrifice for the cause of democracy.
Different political parties and socio-cultural organisations would place wreaths at Noor Hossain Square and on his grave at Jurain in the city marking the day.
Bangladesh Awami League, BNP and left leaning political parties will place wreaths at Noor Hossain Square at capital’s Zero Point at 7:00am.
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