The Rajshahi University authorities will observe Zoha Day on Saturday in commemoration of the 48th anniversary of Dr Shamsuzzoha’s martyrdom.
The university authorities have chalked out elaborate programmes on the campus, including placing of wreaths at the grave and monument of Dr Zoha, hoisting black flags, reciting Quran and arranging a memorial speech.
Professor Shamsuzzoha, the then RU proctor and a teacher of chemistry department, was shot dead by Pakistani military personnel in front of the RU main gate on February 18, 1969 after he rushed there to protect the students who brought out a procession breaking the section 144.
His death accelerated the ongoing mass movement for withdrawal of historic Agartala Conspiracy Case.
The agitation started in Rajshahi and elsewhere in the country on February 15, 1969 when Sergent Zahurul Haque, an accused in the case, was killed by Pakistan army personnel after his arrest.
According to Professor Abdul Khaleque, former RU vice-chancellor and a witness to the incident, Dr Zoha requested two Pakistani army officers, captain Hadi and lieutenant Khadem Shah, not to go for action against the students. At one stage of hot exchange of words, Khadem ordered a Bengali army personnel to shoot Zoha, but he refused to comply with the order. An agitated Khadem then killed Zoha using his own revolver. Since then, the day is being observed as Zoha Day.
RU vice-chancellor and staff, teachers’ association, officers’ association and different socio-cultural organisations will hold discussions and offer prayers for the martyred soul.
RU chemistry department in association with the university authorities will organise a Zoha memorial speech at the senate building, where eminent writer-researcher Sanat Kumar Saha will present the keynote.
RU vice-chancellor Muhammad Mizanuddin and Pro-VC Chowdhury Sarwar Jahan will also address the programme.
Black flags will be hoisted atop all administrative buildings, VC’s residence, library and student’s residential halls.
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