On November 27, 1990, armed cadres of former military dictator HM Ershad killed Dr Milon
Leaders and activists of different political parties and student organizations on Tuesday paid tribute to Shaheed Dr Shamsul Alam Khan Milon to mark his 28th death anniversary, at the Milon Monument on the Dhaka University (DU) campus.
Left leaning student’s organizations also demanded a retrial of the murder of Dr Milon.
On November 27, 1990, armed cadres of former military dictator HM Ershad killed DrMilon, then joint secretary of the Bangladesh Medical Association (BMA) and a Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JSD) leader, near the Teachers Students Centre (TSC) of DU. The attack was carried outto foil an imminent mass uprisingagainst the autocratic regime.
On Tuesday, the Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB), Workers’ Party of Bangladesh, Bangladesh Chhatra League, left leaning Progressive Students’ Alliance, and Bangladesh Chhatra Union were among those who paid rich tributes to Dr Milon at Milon Chattar.
Awami League Joint Secretary Abdur Rahman said: “Dr Milon played a vital role in the movement against the autocratic rule of HM Ershad in 1990. Ershad was compelled to resign within a week of Milon’s death. The young generation should carry on his ideals.”
Chhatra League DU unit General Secretary Hussein Saddam said: “We should always remember the historic sacrifice by Dr Milon. He sacrificed his life for the sake of democracy and served as an inspiration for the nation.”
Bangladesh Chhatra Union General Secretary Liton Nandi said: “The government is yet to complete the trial over the deaths of Dr Milon and others who were killed during the anti-autocratic movement. We are demanding a retrial of the case filed over Dr Milon’s death, to establish democracy”.
“Government could not do that [complete the trial] because of the alliance with Ershad. The government should be more serious about this,” he claimed.
Convener of the left leaning students’ alliance and President of Bangladesh Chhatra Federation Umme Habiba Benjir said: “We have democracy because of the sacrifice by Dr Milon and others like him, but it is sad that we are yet to ensure a trial over his murder.”
Meanwhile, the Shaheed Dr Milon Sangsad organized a discussion on the life of DrMilon to commemorate his death anniversary, at the DU TSC auditorium.
Speakers at the discussion said Dr Milon sacrificed his life for the sake of democracy, but political leaders used democracy as a tool to serve their own ends after his death.
They also said Dr Milon had dreamed of a pro-people health policy, which is yet to be implemented despite 27 years having gone by since the fall of the autocratic Ershad regime.