Dhaka – Different political parties, including the ruling Awami League and its front organizations, paid floral wreath at the memory of Shaheed Nur Hossain, a democratic activist killed during anti-autocratic movement in 1987, in Dhaka.
The day is being observed as Shaheed Nur Hossain Day to remember contribution of the young-man in Bangladesh’s democratic movement nearly three decades ago.
On this day of 1987, Hossain was shot dead at Zero Point near Gulistan in the capital Dhaka after police fire guns as pro-democracy supporters burst into protest against military dictator Hussain Muhammd Ershad.
Different political parties, socio-cultural and professional organizations have taken out various programmes to mark the day.
With due solemnity, the nation commemorates the pro-democracy activist’s sacrifice and observes the day in a befitting manner.
The Awami League its associate bodies and other political and socio-cultural organisations are holding different programmes across the country.
Hossain, a leader of AL associate body Awami Juba League, was demonstrating with his chest and back painted with slogan ‘Gonotantra Mukti Pak, Swairachar Nipat Jak’ (Let democracy be freed, down with autocracy).
Hossain and two others died in the firing. The killings geared up the anti-autocratic movement that brought the regime’s fall down three years later in 1990.
Being ousted from the power, Earshad made alliance with incumbent ruling party AL.
Earshad apologized to Parliament in black and white in 1996. Earshad’s party is now with AL-led alliance.
AL general secretary Obaidul Quader in a statement, urged the party leaders and activists to observe the day with due solemnity.
Awami League paid tributes placing wreaths at Noor Hossain Square, previously known as Zero Point, in the morning.