Shaheed Asad Day today...

Shaheed Asad Day today

 Staff Correspondent

 Published: 10:30 AM, 20 January 2022   Updated: 12:37 PM, 20 January 2022

Shaheed Asaduzzaman Asad; File Photo

Shaheed Asaduzzaman Asad; File Photo

The nation is recalling the great sacrifice of student leader Shaheed Asaduzzaman Asad on the occasion of his 53rd martyrdom anniversary today.

On January 20, 1969, Asad, the hero of the 1969 mass upsurge, was gunned down by the Pakistani police at a protest rally near Dhaka Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) against the atrocities on the people of East Pakistan.

The death of Asad, then a master’s student of Dhaka University (DU), took the mass upsurge to the highest peak which hastened the fall of the then military dictator Field Marshal Ayub Khan after over a decade of his iron rule.

Shaheed Asad was the president of Shahidullah Hall Unit (Dhaka Hall) of Dhaka University and General Secretary of Dhaka Unit of East Pakistan Students Union.

To mark the day, different socio-cultural, student and political organizations, including Shaheed Asad Parishad, have chalked out various programs to observe the day.

The programmers include placing a wreath at the memorial plaque of Asad in front of the Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) and his grave at Shibpur in Narsingdi.