Dhaka: The Shaheed Nur Hossain Day, a red-letter day in restoration of democracy in the history of Bangladesh, is being observed today (Saturday).
On this day in 1987, Awami Juba League (AJL) leader Nur Hossain, who imprinted his bare chest and back with slogans “Free democracy” and “Down its autocracy”, embraced martyrdom in police firing during an anti-autocracy emonstration at the city’s Zero Point, now known as Shaheed Nur Hossain quare.
AJL leader Nurul Huda Babul and farmers’ leader Aminul Huda Tito of ajitpur in Kishoreganj district were also killed in police firing during the ass movement for restoration of democracy against autocratic rule.
The martyrdom of Nur Hossain and others during the mass upsurge of late 90s xpedited the anti-autocracy movement. In the face of the movement, utocratic rule had to step down on December 6 in 1990. Since then, the day s being observed every year as the Shaheed Nur Hossain Day.
Different socio-cultural and professional organisations as well as ruling wami League have chalked out elaborate programmes to observe the day in a efitting manner.
The Awami League’s programmes to mark the day include placing of wreaths at haheed Nur Hossain Square at 8 am and offering of special prayers seeking ternal peace of the departed soul of the slain AJL leader.
In a statement on Friday, Awami League General Secretary and Road Transport and ridges Minister Obaidul Quader urged people from all strata, including party nits across the country and associate and likeminded organisations, to bserve the “Shaheed Nur Hossain Day” in a befitting manner.
Marking the day, Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB) will also place reaths at Shaheed Nur Hossain Square at 8 am.