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Language martyrs celebrated around the country

  • Published at 12:20 am February 22nd, 2017
  • Last updated at 12:50 am February 22nd, 2017
Language martyrs celebrated around the country
Our correspondent in Joypurhat said people from all walks of life, both personally and on behalf of a group or an organisation or a party, placed floral wreaths at the district’s Central Shaheed Minar as mark of their homage to the language heroes. Students of different educational institutions also brought out morning procession, well known as probhat ferry, to the memorial in remembrance and respect of the martyrs. Afterwards, the members of Sammilita Sangskritik Jote rendered a group song on this occasion. In Barisal, a two-day exhibition on language souvenir and literature was inaugurated on Tuesday on the district’s Central Shaheed Minar premises on account of Ekyshey February. Language veteran Syed Yousuf Hossain Kalu launched the event, first of its kind in Barisal. As elsewhere across the country, hundreds of people, irrespective of their social strata and political ideology, poured into Jessore’s central Shaheed Minar to pay their tribute in the first hour of the day. As soon as the clock struck 12:01am, people regardless of their age, sex and background thronged at the central memorial in Noakhali. Meanwhile, the Central Shaheed Minar in Netrokona was also flooded by local leaders of different political parties, administrative officials and public representatives, among others, just a minute past the zero hour. According to our Sherpur correspondent, locals in barefoot, humming “Amar Bhaiyer Rokte Rangano Ekushey February...”,  placed wreaths at the district’s central memorial. Later in the day, different political and social organisations held discussions and cultural programmes to recall the supreme sacrifice of the language heroes. The central Shaheed Minar in Satkhira saw hundreds of footsteps crowding on it since the early hours of the day to pay their tribute. The memorial premises was abuzz with people rendering songs, reciting poems and chanting slogans from Monday evening. Prior to that, a mourning procession was brought out late Monday night. People in Rajshahi, right after the midnight, at Bhuban Mohon Park Shaheed Minar took an oath to build a non-communal nation. The students of Rajshahi Government College formed a human-memorial on the college ground in the morning. As many as 600 students participated in the display. Dasiarchhara people place wreaths at their first Shaheed Minar With much enthusiasm, hundreds of people of Dasiarchhara, a former Indian enclave, in Phulbari upazila of Kurigram observed the day by placing wreaths for the first time in a newly-built Shaheed Minar near  Kalirhat Bazar, in honour of the  martyrs. Earlier, in the morning, local Upazila Nirbahi Officer Devendranath Urao inaugurated the memorial. Students of Dasiarchhora Samannaypara School said last year they were forced to observe the day, for the first time ever, by making a temporary Shaheed Minar with banana trees and bamboo canes on their school premises. On August 1, 2015, Bangladesh received 111 enclaves including Dasiarchhara, along with 52,000 people through the historic Land Boundary Agreement with India. Joint Ekushey programme on no-man’s land Amid tight security, Bangladesh and India observed the International Mother Language Day jointly on the no-man’s land at Benapole of Jessore. People, including representatives of both the countries, started placing floral wreaths at a makeshift Shaheed Minar on Benapole-Petrapole border’s no-man’s since 9am. As it happens every year, the spot of the memorial was decorated with banners, festoons, placards and flowers on the occasion when flags of the neighbouring states were flying there. Hundreds of people attending there were seen distributing sweetmeats and flowers with many sharing a warm hug, creating a festive atmosphere in the area. Even the Border Guard Bangladesh greeted India’s border security force. Later on, poems and songs on Ekushey February were recited and performed respectively at a programme.