RANGPUR, April 3, 2017 (BSS) - The Dakhiganj Baddhyabhumi Dibash, martyrdom day of ten renowned intellectuals of Rangpur, was observed here today through paying rich tribute to them at 'Dakhiganj Shwashan Baddhyabhumi Smriti Soudha' in the city.
Leaders of 'Dakhiganj Baddhyabhumi Smriti Rakhshsya Committee' and 'Muktijuddher Smriti Sangrakkhshan Parishad (MSSP)' placed wreaths at 'Dakhiganj Baddhyabhumi' and organised a memorial discussion there in observance of the day.
Former General Secretary of district unit of the CPB Comrade Chandan Ghosh presided over the discussion held at the 'Dakhiganj Baddhyabhumi' premises.
Convener of MSSP Advocate Rothish Chandra Bhowmick Babu Sona, martyred family member Tapan Adhikari, JASOD leader Gautam Roy, CPB leader Comrade Shahadat Hossain and human rights activist Nayeema Binte Abdul Khaleque, spoke, among others.
Members of the martyred intellectuals' families and a large number of common people participated in the programmes followed by lighting of candles in the evening.
In addition, members and relatives of the 10 martyred intellectuals' families chalked out programmes including placing wreaths at 'Dakhiganj Shwashan Baddhyabhumi Smriti Soudha' and offering special prayers in observance of the day.
Commemorating supreme sacrifice of the ten martyred intellectuals of Rangpur on this day in 1971, the speakers demanded immediate completion of the war crimes' trial to pay due respect to the three million martyred Bangalees during the War of Liberation.
They said the Pakistani occupation forces with their local collaborators and non-Bengali Beharis caught 11 brilliant Bangalees from their houses in the city on March 27 in 1971, took them to Rangpur cantonment and conducted barbaric torture on them.
Later at night on April 3 in 1971, the Pakistani blood-hungry soldiers and their local collaborators took them to Dakhiganj Shwashan (Dakhiganj Crematory) in the city and gunned them down there.
By the grace of the Almighty, one of them, Awami League leader Dr Dinesh Chandra Bhowmick alias Mantu Daktar, who received eight bullets, escaped death during indiscriminate firing.
Later, Mantu Daktar was taken to India where he underwent treatments and joined the 'Mukti Bahini', took training and took part in the War of Liberation heroically as a brave Freedom Fighter to liberate the Nation.
The martyrs are: Advocate Mahfuz Ali Zorjes, Khitish Halder, Ehsanul Haque Dulal, Rafiqul Islam Rafique, Dhirendranath Shanti Chaki, Durga Das Adhikari, Gopal Chandra, Tofazzal Hossain Moharram, Uttam Kumar Adhikari and Pagla Darbesh.
Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)