Dhaka – Nur Hossain was shot dead by the police as he prepared his chest to receive the bullets to demand for the long-cherished democracy at the cost of his life.
The then law enforcement agencies of military dictator Hussain Muhammad Ershad fired the guns on November 10, 1987 when Noor Hossain demonstrated on the street inscribing “Down with autocracy, Let democracy be free” on his chest and back.
Ironically, Ershad is still active in power sharing within the Bangladeshi polity and the politicians who had launched the anti-autocratic movement remember Nur Hossain only a day in a year.
His sacrifice led the nation for greater movement in Bangladesh that forced ouster of Ershad in late 1990 in the face of mass uprising. But Ershad managed to keep up his pace in through the political loopholes.
Different socio-political organisations paid floral wreath at Nur Hossain Square in Dhaka’s Gulistan, the place where he was shot down.
Leaders of the ruling by Awami League and opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party turn up to place wreaths at the ‘Zero Point’ in Gulistan.
President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina issued separate messages on the occasion.
In his message, Hamid recalled with gratitude the supreme sacrifice of Nur Hossain to restore democracy in the country.
He said Hossian’s sacrifice did not go in vain as democracy was restored in the country in 1990.
The President expressed the hope that all will continue their efforts to uphold the advancement of the country’s democracy, which was achieved through the sacrifices of lives of courageous people like Nur Hossain.
In her message, Sheikh Hasina said Nur Hossain had joined a procession of the Awami League-led 15-party Okyo Jote as part of the anti-autocracy movement on this day in 1987.
Hossain, a leader of Awami Jubo League, was killed in police firing when he had staged protest against the autocratic rule of then Ershad.