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Historic Homecoming Day of Bangabandhu observed

DHAKA, Jan 11, 2018 (BSS) - The historic Homecoming Day of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was observed in the city and elsewhere across the country in a befitting manner.

On this day in 1972, Bangabandhu, the undisputed leader of the nation and supreme commander of the country's Liberation War, returned to the sacred soil of independent Bangladesh via London and New Delhi, after 290 days captivity in Pakistan jail.

Pakistan army arrested Bangabandhu from his Dhanmondi residence on the night of March 25, 1971 and sent him to a West Pakistan jail the following day.

On reaching Dhaka (Tejgaon) airport in the afternoon on January 10, 1972 Bangabandhu was greeted by tens of thousands of jubilant people who had been eagerly waiting to see the beloved leader since the final victory on December 16 in 1971.

From airport Bangabandhu was moved to the Racecourse Maidan (now Suhrawardy Udayan) where he addressed a spontaneous reception accorded to him by the cheerful countrymen believed to be one million. He recalled with respect the contribution of all during the war and urged the people to rebuild the war- ravaged country.

Bangabandhu took oath of office as the country's Prime Minister on January 12, 1972.

To mark the Homecoming Day of Bangabandhu with due respect, the ruling Awami League (AL), its associate bodies, other political parties and socio- cultural-professional organisations have chalked out elaborate programmes.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina placed wreaths at the portrait of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman at Bangabandhu Bhaban around 7 in the morning as the premier of the country and later she placed another wreath on behalf of her party AL.

Members of the AL Advisory Council Amir Hossain Amu and Tofayel Ahmed, General Secretary Obaidul Quader, Presidium members Sheikh Fazlul Karim Selim, Begum Matia Chowdhury and Engr. Mosharraf Hossain, Organizing Secretaries Ahmed Hossain and AKM Enamul Haque Shamim, Publicity and Publication Secretary Hasan Mahmud and Office Secretary Dr. Abdus Sobhan Golap accompanied the prime minister, among others.

Later, the premier went inside the Bangabandhu Bhaban and spent some time there.

People from all walks of life, including different associate bodies of AL, other political parties and socio-cultural-professional organizations, also laid wreaths at the portrait of Bangabandhu.

Leaders and activists of Dhaka South City and North City AL, Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL), Dhaka University BCL, Dhaka South City and North City BCL, Awami Jubo League, Krishak League, Shwechchasebok League, Mahila Awami League, Dhaka City Mahila Awami League, Jubo Mahila League and Jatiya Sramik League placed wreaths at the portrait of Bangabandhu in front of Bangabandhu Bhaban in city's Dhanmondi 32.

Besides, Bangabandhu Sangskritik Jote, Muktijoddha Central Command Council, Sammilita Sangskritik Jote, Bangladesh Tanti League, Jatiya Ghat Sramik League, Bangabandhu Sainik League, Sheikh Russel Shishu Sangha, Awami Sangskritik Forum, Shaheed Suhrawardy Medical College Samiti, Bangladesh Water Development Board Sramik-Karmachari League, Muktijoddha Sanghati Parishad, Dhaka Lawyers' Association, Awami Shilpi Goshthi, Awami Olama League, Bangabandhu Diploma Engineering Council, Bangabandhu Sahitya Parishad, Bangladesh-India Sampriti Parishad and Sheikh Russel Smriti Parishad also placed floral wreaths at the portrait of Bangabandhu.