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Dhaka Tribune

Month of Independence: Casualties rise as defiance continues

Many people were killed and injured during demonstrations across Bangladesh

Update : 04 Mar 2022, 11:56 PM

On this day in 1971, the number of casualties among the general people began to rise as the whole country joined in the non-cooperation movement announced by Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman on March 2.

Four laborers died and 25 others were injured by armed forces during demonstrations in Tongi. After news of the incident spread, residents of Dhaka city were outraged.

Agitated people set fire to the wooden bridge in Tongi and put barricades.

In Chittagong, during a clash between Bangladeshis and Pakistan sympathisers, shooting by the army resulted in more than 20 deaths.

In Rajshahi and Jessore, the army also fired on the protesters.

Soldiers were recalled to the barracks in the wake of the deaths.

In Rawalpindi, People’s Party Chairman ZA Bhutto spoke to Pakistan President Yahya Khan at the presidential residence for more than five hours.

In the evening, retired Air Marshal Asghar Khan reached Dhaka from Karachi and held a meeting with Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman at his Dhanmondi residence.

That night, Bangabandhu completely dismissed news broadcast on foreign radio claiming that he had been looking to get a share of power by splitting the country with Bhutto.

Bangabandhu said the news was “ill-motivated and a part of Bhutto's imagination”.

Meanwhile, Tofayel Ahmed urged radio station Dhaka Betar to directly relay the speech to be made by Sheikh Mujibur Rahman during the rally at the Race Course on March 7.

The content of the speech was not revealed, but the vast majority of Bangladeshis expected a declaration of independence.

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