Shaheed Noor Hossain Day observed

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    Shaheed Noor Hossain Day was observed today recalling his outstanding contributions to anti-autocracy movement and restoration of democracy in the country.

    Different political and socio-cultural organizations, including Awami League (AL), organised various programmes marking the day.

    AL leaders and workers paid homage to Noor Hossain by placing wreaths at Noor Hossain Square at Zero Point in Gulistan area in the capital.

    Led by AL General Secretary and Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader, party’s Joint General Secretary AFM Bahauddin Nasim, Organising Secretaries Ahmad Hossain and SM Kamal Hossain, Publicity and Publications Secretary Abdus Sobhan Golap, Science and Technology Affairs Secretary Engineer Abdus Sabur,

    Relief and Social Welfare Secretary Sujit Roy Nandi, Cultural Affairs Secretary Asim Kumar Ukil, Agriculture and Cooperative Affairs Secretary Faridunnahar Laily and Office Secretary Barrister Biplab Barua, among others, present during the placing of wreaths.

    Munjata was also offered there followed by a discussion.

    Obaidul Quader said the ruling party, led by its President Sheikh Hasina, continues its struggle to give the country’s democracy an institutional shape.

    “We continue struggling to institutionalise democracy under the leadership of Sheikh Hasina. Our struggle will continue,” he said.

    Later, leaders and workers of AL associate and like-minded bodies including Jubo League and Chhatra League also laid wreaths at the square.

    Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (Jasod also paid tributes to Noor Hossain by placing wreaths at the Noor Hossain Square at 7.30am.

    Party’s Vice-President freedom fighter Shafi Uddin Mollah and Joint General Secretary Abdullahil Kaium were present, among others.

    Left Democratic Alliance also paid tributes to anti-autocracy movement martyrs Noor Hossain, Aminul Huda Tito and others by placing wreaths.

    Community Party of Bangladesh (CPB) leaders and workers placed wreaths at Noor Hossain Square and Shaheed Aminul Huda Tito’s portrait at CPB Office at Mukti Bhaban on Topkhana road.

    CPB President Mohammad Shah Alam, General Secretary Ruhin Hossain Prince and others were present.

    On this day in 1987, Awami Jubo League (AJL) leader Nur Hossain, who imprinted his bare chest and back with the slogans “Free democracy” and “Down with autocracy”, embraced martyrdom in police firing during an anti-autocracy demonstration in city’s Zero Point, now known as Shaheed Nur Hossain Square.

    AJL leader Nurul Huda Babul and farmers’ leader Aminul Huda Tito of Bajitpur in Kishoreganj district were also killed in police firing during the mass movement for restoration of democracy against autocratic rule.

    The martyrdom of Nur Hossain and others during the mass upsurge of late 90s expedited the anti-autocracy movement. In the face of the movement, the then autocratic ruler had to step down on December 6 in 1990. Since then, the day is being observed every year as the Shaheed Nur Hossain Day.