The 51st mass uprising day was observed on Friday across the country to commemorate the valiant sons of the soil who embraced supreme sacrifice in the mass movement in 1969 that culminated in the country’s War for Independence.
To mark the day, ruling Awami League and its student organisation Bangladesh Chhatra League placed wreaths at the at the monument of mass uprising day martyr Motiur Rahman Mallik at Nabakumar Institution in Dhaka in the morning.
Nabakumar Institution and Dr Shahidullah College as well as different organisations also placed wreaths at the monument to mark the day, a press release issued by Nabakumar Institution said.
Motiur was then a Class X student of Nabakumar Institution.
The release said that the Institution organised recitation from the holy Quran, special prayers and discussion to mark the day.
The then Chhatra Sangram Parishad convener Tofail Ahmed, also a senior Awami League leader and lawmaker, was present in the discussion as the chief guest.
Khulna district and city units of Bangladesh Chhatra Union held a discussion at its Lower Jashore Road office in Khulna city to mark the day, New Age correspondent in Khulna reported.
On January 24 in 1969, Motiur 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.
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.
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