The mass uprising day will be observed today across the country to commemorate the valiant sons of the soil who made supreme sacrifices in the mass movement in 1969 that culminated in the country’s War for Independence.
Different political parties, student organisations and socio-cultural organisations have taken different programmes to mark the 51st anniversary of the day.
On January 24 in 1969, school student Motiur Rahman Mallik and a teenager Rustam were killed in police firing at the final stage of the mass movement that ousted the then Pakistani military ruler General Ayub Khan from power and paved the path for the independence of Bangladesh.
Motiur was a student of Class X of Nabakumar Institute in Dhaka. Many others were also injured in the indiscriminate police firing during a general strike in the city on that day.
The student agitation of 1968 turned into a mass uprising when Maulana Abdul Hamid Khan Bhasani asked his followers to besiege the Governor House, and formulated and declared his other programmes, including hartal.
Student leader Asaduzzaman was killed in police firing on a student procession on Dhaka University campus on January 20, 1969.
In the wake of the movement, Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the then Awami League leader, who was then in custody over Agartala conspiracy case, came out of jail.
Bangladesh Nationalist Party secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, in a message, paid tribute to the martyrs of the mass uprising and termed the day as an important day in our national life.
Ruling Awami League will place wreaths at the monument of Motiur at Nabakumar Institution School in Dhaka at 9:30am.
Different students’ organisations, including Bangladesh Chhatra League, Bangladesh Students’ Union and Samajtantrik Chhatra Front will place wreaths at the monument.
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