Nation recalls 1969 mass upsurge triggered by Motiur’s death

DHAKA, Jan 24, 2017 (BSS) - The nation today recalled with tribute the flickering of the 1969 mass upsurge, triggered by deaths of school student Motiur Rahman and another person in police action on orders of the then Pakistani junta, largely uniting the nation to wage the subsequent Liberation War.

President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina issued separate messages urging all to be imbued with the spirit of the Mass Upsurge Day and the Liberation War to build a prosperous Bangladesh, expressing their deep respect also for the other martyrs of the historic 1969 movement.

On this day 48 years ago, the police under the then junta fired gunshots to tame student-led protesters in Dhaka as they were demanding democracy and autonomy for the Bengali nation when class IX student of Dhaka's Nobo Kumar Institution Motiur and another person died.

The day virtually marked the de facto fall of the 10-year military rule of General Ayub Khan.

The records suggests the protestors on this day had burnt down the office of the National Press Trust (NPT), an organization used as a tool to gouge the Bengali demands, and government mouthpieces the Daily Morning News and the Dainik Pakistan.

"The 24th January of 1969 will remain memorable as the day of historic mass upsurge in the history of Bangladesh's democratic advancement," the president said in his message.

He said the day set a track for the nation through which the Bengali nation earned their independence and democratic rights of the people in exchange for huge sacrifices.

"We all would have to work with unity to uphold this independence and democracy," the President said.

The premier in her message described the day as "a significant milestone in the history of the country's independence" and urged all, irrespective of party affiliations, to work together for building a happy, prosperous, modern, democratic and peaceful country.

"We are working tirelessly to bring smiles on faces of all, ending exploitation, deception and discrimination," she said.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)