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 Grateful nation to remember Sangku’s supreme sacrifice”

The grateful nation would remember forever
the supreme sacrifice of school student Sangku Samajhder, 12, who embraced
martyrdom on March 3, 1971 here while taking part in a massive curfew defying
protest procession.

Speakers said this today at a discussion here while recalling the heroic
martyrdom of Sangku, who became the country’s first martyr on March 3 in 1971
while taking part in the massive non-cooperation movement rally in Rangpur
city.

Shaheed Sangku Samajhder Bidyaniketon organised the discussion at its
ground in the city in observance of Sangku’s 50th martyrdom anniversary.

Rangpur Regional Director of Bangladesh Betar Dr. Harun-Ar-Rashid attended
the discussion as the chief guest with Principal of Shaheed Sangku Samajhdar
Bidyaniketon Tanya Sultana Sumi in the chair.

Cultural personality Dr. Mofizul Islam Maantu, former Head of the
Department of Bengali of Rangpur Begum Rokeya Government College Professor
Mohammad Shah Alam and teacher of Begum Rokeya University Umar Farooque also
spoke.

Former Commander of Rangpur district unit of Bangladesh Muktijoddha
Sangshad Mosaddek Hossain Bablu addressed the discussion as keynote speaker.

Mosaddek Hossain said supreme sacrifice of Sangku triggered mass anger
among people inspiring them in becoming more united to snatch away
independence from the clutches of Pakistani occupiers, exploiters and
conspirators.

“Sangku was the country’s first martyr who was shot dead by non-Bengali
Behari Sarforaz Khan around 9.30 am on March 3, 1971 though many heroic sons
embraced martyrdoms across the country after 9.30 am on the day,” Hossain
said.

He put special emphasis on informing the young generations about the
supreme sacrifice of Sangku who has glorified the participation of Rangpur
people in the War of Liberation.

Prof Shah Alam said the whole nation, including people of Rangpur, was very
angry as hatred Pakistani President Yahiya Khan cancelled on March 1 the
scheduled parliament sitting on March 3 and declared curfew on the day.

“Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman with huge hatred
rejected cancellation of the scheduled parliament session and called a strike
on March 2 in Dhaka and March 3 throughout the country,” he said.

As per call of Bangabandhu, the whole nation was in unprecedented non-
cooperation movement against the Pakistani regime.

On March 3, 1971, thousands of people brought out a mammoth protest rally
from Kachari Bazar point breaking curfew in Rangpur city when the whole
nation was in an unprecedented non-cooperation movement against the Pakistani
regime.

“Sangku participated in the procession when non-Bengali Sarforaz Khan
opened gunfire from his house in Alamnagar area injuring Sangku who succumbed
on his way to the hospital at 9.30 am,” Prof Alam added.

The chief guest said Bangabandhu in his historic March 7 speech mentioned
deaths of the heroic sons across the country, including Sangku, who made
Rangpur prideful forever by giving life on March 3, 1971.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)