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Omar Faruq had to die for raising Bangladesh flag

PIROJPUR, Feb 3, 2015 (BSS) - Tomorrow is March 4. This day, the national flag of independent Bangladesh was first hoisted in Pirojpur.

Then sub-divisional president of Students' League, Omar Faruq, raised the flag of revolt at a public meeting at Town Hall Maidan.

Later, he was killed barbarically, by pushing iron rods into his head by the Pakistan army, for this act.

Shaheed Omar Faruq's brother Lutfur Rahman recollecting the events said that some of our relatives went to the jetty of Barisal's Godown No 14 and was told by coolies there about the way Faruq was killed.

"My brother had gone to attend the public meeting at Dhaka University on March 2, 1971. He returned on the morning of March 4 with a flag that had a bottle-green background with a rising sun in the middle. The sun had the map of Bangladesh etched in golden ink," he recalled.

Soon messages were sent that the national flag of independent Bangladesh would be raised at the Town Hall Maidan at 11 am and all were requested to come.

"By 11 the field was full to the brim. Faruq rendered an emotional speech and raised the flag. Immediately the whole place was agog with the slogan Joi Bangla," he reminiscenced.

Then student leader, later district judge and currently member, Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Abdus Salam Sikder recalled " Thousands of people were shouting Joi Bangla, Amar Neta, Tumar Neta, Sheikh Mujib, Sheikh Mujib, Bir Bangalee Ostro Dhoro Bangla Desh Shadhin Koro and other slogans. "

The incident is also mentioned in the book, History of Pirojpur published by the Pirojpur Zila Parishad and Humayun Rahman's Liberation War of Pirojpur.