The 45th Chilahati Freedom Day was celebrated in Chilahati town in Nilphamari district with a fresh vow to building a developed secular Sonar Bangla as dreamt by Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
Chilahati was freed from the Pakistani occupation forces on December 5 in 1971 when hundreds of triumphant freedom fighters, led by Abdul Jabbar Kanu, Kamal Uddin, Nur Islam, Mujibur Rahman, Kumir Uddin, Aizul Haque, Abu Bakar, entered there and hoisted the national flag in presence of hundreds of independence-seeing Bengalese.
Bhogdaburi union units of Bangladesh Muktijoddha Sangshad Santan Command (BMSSC), Bangladesh Muktijoddha Sangsad (BMS) and Awami League (AL) with different organisations chalked out daylong programmes to celebrate the day.
The programmes included colorful victory procession, reception to the freedom fighters, family members of martyred freedom fighters and 'Birangonas' followed by cultural programmes.
Hundreds of people including freedom fighters and their heirs, students and teachers, leaders of AL, Chhatra League, Jubo League, sociocultural activists, farmers, workers and common people took part in the programmes.
Domar Upazila Chairman Abdul Razzaque Basunia attended the discussion held at Chilahati Government College auditorium as chief guest with Convener of Bhogdaburi union unit of BMSSC and Chairman of Bhogdaburi union Ekramul Haque in the chair.
Commander of Domar upazila unit of BMS Md Nurunnabi, President of Rajshahi University unit of BMSSC Farhana Akhter Sumi and President Bhogdaburi union AL Shariful Haque Pramanik addressed the discussion as special guests.
In their speeches, the speakers demanded immediate completion of the war crimes' trial and banning politics of the anti-liberation forces for establishing the spirit of the War of Liberation, non-communal and secular character of the nation.
They called upon the government for building 'Shaheed Smritistambha' in all mass slaughter grounds to help the young generations realise how and why their forefathers fought a bloody War of Liberation against the Pakistani forces in 1971.
The chief guest congratulated the local people on the Chilahati freedom day and asked them to remain united like that in 1971 in building a peaceful society free from militancy and terrorism to further speed up development for making the independence meaningful.
Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)