By Mamun Islam
RANGPUR, March 02, 2015 (BSS) - The people of Rangpur became extremely angry turning the city volatile as hatred Pakistani President Yahiya Khan cancelled on March 1 the scheduled parliament sitting on March 3 in 1971 and declared curfew on the day.
Postponement of the scheduled parliament session of by the Pakistani ruler, as a part of heinous conspiracy, instantly turned the Rangpur people revolutionary since beginning of March in 1971 with spontaneous protest of the common people.
Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman with huge hatred rejected cancellation of the scheduled parliament session from March 3, called strike on March 2 in Dhaka and on March 3 throughout the country.
On March 2 in 1971, a meeting of the student leaders, presided over by the then President of district unit of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) Rafikul Islam Golap, was held at the roof of 'Panga House' till late night to chalk out the next strategies.
General Secretary of the district BCL Mamtaz Zakir Ahmed Sabu, student leaders Hares Uddin Sarker, Alok Sarker, Elias Ahmed, Abul Mansur Ahmed, Mahbubul Bari, Mukhtar Elahi, Abdur Rouf, Ziaul Haque, Zayedul Islam and Nurul Hassan took part.
At late night on March 2, student leader Abdur Rouf came to Rangpur Press Club and informed the local journalists that was no alternative to launch decisive movement at the call of Bangabandhu.
Leaders of district Awami League (AL) Siddik Hossain MLA, Sheikh Amjad Hossain, Advocate Abdul Gani, Shah Abdur Razzaque MNA, Hamiduzzamn MNA, Gazi Rahman MNA, Tayebur Rahman, Abul Hossain and Mir Anisul Haque Payara with other leaders went to different areas for further strengthening the movement at Bangabandhu's call.
Accordingly, thousands of people brought out massive protest processions breaking curfew on March 3 in Rangpur as elsewhere in the country when the whole Bangalee nation was in unprecedented non- cooperation movements against the Pakistani regime.
The Independence-seeker Bangalees paraded the city streets here chanting slogans 'Tomar Amar Thikana- Padma Meghna Jamuna', 'Tomar Neta, Amar Neta- Sheikh Mujib, Sheikh Mujib', 'Yahiyar Mukhe lathi Maro- Bangladesh Swadhin Karo'.
Originating from Katchari Bazaar, student leaders from different areas organised the curfew-breaking spontaneous rallies those were also attended by the then AL leader and MLA Siddique Hossain with hundreds of leaders and workers.
Siddique Hossain MLA, Dr Solaiman Mandal MNA, students leaders Rafikul Islam Golap, Alok Sarker, Mahbubul Bari, Khondker Golam Mostafa Batul, Professor Sirajul Islam, Hares Uddin Sarker, Mamtaz Zakir Ahmed Sabu, Mukhtar Elahi, Ziaul Haque Lebu, Nurul Rasul Chowdhury, Elias Ahmed, Halim Khan, Tabibur Rahman, Golam Kibria, Abdul Mannan (Khalifa), Abul Mansur Ahmed, were leading the rally.
At one stage, non-Bengali Behari Sarforaz Khan opened gunfire from his house on the procession in Alamnagar area near Food Godown at about 9 am when minor boy Sangku Samajhder, 12, was critically injured.
The then councilor of Rangpur pourashava Moslem Uddin immediately started for Hospital with Sangku, a student of class eight and lived in their rented house then in Guptapara area of the city.
But, Sangku succumbed at 9:30 am on his way to the hospital to become the country's first martyr though many other heroic sons embraced martyrdoms throughout the country on March 3 in 1971.
The news of martyrdom of Sangku instantly ignited sleeping bravery in every Bangalee when thousands of them came out to take part in the massive processions and started storming the business centres and shops of the non-Bengali Beharis in the city.
At one stage, the angry people attempted to attack the house of non-Bengali Sarforaz Khan, who opened the gunfire at Sangku, when the EPR members created security circle there.
To cool down the angry people, Dr Solaiman Ali MNA delivered a burning speech there assuring of further strengthening the movement to launch stiff resistance against atrocities of the Pakistanis and non-Bengalis.
The whole city of Rangpur turned extremely volatile as tens of thousands of the Bangalees had been taking part in dozens of processions breaking the curfew throughout the city on March 3.
By this time, two more Bangalees were killed by the non-Bengali Beharis on the same day by noon further triggering Angry in every Bangalee of Rangpur city.
The non-Bengali Beharis shot student of Rangpur College Abul Kalam Azad to dead at Batar Goli Mour and stabbed government employee Omar Ali in forint of General Boot House on the Dewanbari road in the city.
Besides, two more students Shariful Alma alias Mokbul and Mohammad Ali were seriously injured in two separate incidents of opening gunfire at them by the non-Bengali Beharis in the city on March 3 in 1971 during the non-cooperation movements.
Of them, injured Shariful Alma alias Mokbul succumbed to his injuries without proper treatment at Hospital after one month since March 3 attacks on him by the non-Bengali Beharis.
The people of Rangpur sacrificed their four brave sons during the non-cooperation movement at the call of Bangabandhu along with many other heroic sons throughout the country on March 3 in 1971.
And thus, the Rangpur people factually started the War of Independence from March 3 in 1971 through sacrificing lives when the non-Bengali Beharis started massacres on the Bangalees here till achieving the ultimate independence on December 16.
Rangpur District Muktijoddha Commander Mosaddek Hossain said Bangabandhu in his historic speech of Independence on March 7 in 1971 at Race Course Maidan mentioned deaths of our heroic sons who made Rangpur prideful for ever by giving life.