Language Martyrs’ Day observed in befitting manner
Published: 09:16 PM, 21 February 2021
The nation on Sunday recalled the supreme sacrifice of the language heroes on this day 69 years back on the occasion of “Shaheed Dibash” (Language Martyrs’ Day) and International Mother Language Day.
Clad in black and white dresses especially traditional sharees and panjabees people in thousands thronged the Central Shaheed Minar in Dhaka since midnight to pay their glowing tributes to the 1952 language martyrs by placing wreaths and flowers at the altar of the monument.
Considering the prevailing COVID-19 situation and following the proper hygiene rules, a maximum of five-member delegate from each organization and a maximum of 2 persons at the individual level were allowed to lay wreaths at the Shaheed Minar.
President M Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina paid their glowing tributes to the martyrs of the historic Language Movement on the occasion of Amar Ekushey and the International Mother Language Day.
On behalf of the President and the Prime Minister, their military secretaries paid the homage by placing wreaths at the Central Shaheed Minar at one minute past zero hours while the immortal song on Amar Ekushey - “Amar Bhaiyer Rakte Rangano Ekushey February” - was being played on the loudspeaker.
They military secretaries stood in solemn silence for some time as a mark of profound respect to the memories of the language heroes.
Later, sergeant-at-arms on behalf of Jatiya Sangsad (JS) Speaker Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury, Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader on behalf of Awami League President Sheikh Hasina and GM Quader on behalf of Leader of the Opposition in Parliament Begum Rowshan Ershad placed wreaths at the Central Shaheed Minar.
Among other AL leaders, presidium members Matia Chowdhury and Faruk Khan, joint secretary and information minister Dr Hasan Mahmud, cultural affairs secretary Asim Kumar Ukil, office secretary Barrister Biplab Barua and deputy office secretary Sayem Khan accompanied Obaidul Quader during placing of the wreath.
Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal, Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen, Education Minister Dr Dipu Moni, Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) Mayor Barrister Sheikh Fazle Noor Taposh and Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) Mayor Md Atiqul Islam also paid rich tributes to the language heroes by placing separate wreaths at the Shaheed Minar.
Cabinet members, advisers to the prime minister, parliament members, chiefs of three services, Inspector General of Police, chief of Rapid Action Battalion, ambassadors and high commissioners, diplomats of different foreign missions in Dhaka, chiefs of foreign agencies and organizations, freedom fighters and high civil and military officials also placed wreathes on the occasion.
Besides, Dhaka University Vice-Chancellor Prof Md Akhtaruzzaman, Dhaka University Teachers’ Association, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University, Sector Commanders Forum, war-wounded freedom fighters of the 1971 Liberation War, different political parties and socio-cultural organisations paid their homage.