RANGPUR, Mar 04, 2015 (BSS) - Speakers at a memorial meeting here last evening said the martyrdom of Shaheed Sangku Samajhder on March 3 in 1971 in Rangpur city triggered the thirst for independence and War of Liberation of the heroic Bengali nation.
They were addressing the meeting organised by Bangladesh Udichhi Shilpi Gosthi at Shilpakola Academy auditorium here in observance of the 44th martyrdom anniversary of Shaheed Sangku, a student of class six who laid down his life as the country's first martyr for independence on March 3, 1971.
With Vice-president of Rangpur district Sangshad of Bangladesh Udichhi Shilpi Gosthi Professor Maloy Kishore Bhattacharya in the chair, Sangku's mother attended and addressed the memorial discussion as the chief guest.
Earlier, floral wreaths were placed at the portrait of Shaheed Sangku by Dipali Samajhder and Maloy Kishore Bhattacharya at the beginning of the discussion meeting.
Vice-president of the district Sangshad of Bangladesh Udichhi Shilpi Gosthi Professor Dr Swasswato Bhattacharya delivered the welcome speech narrating importance of embracing martyrdom by Shaheed Sangku as the country's first martyr on March 3 in 1971.
Organising Secretary of the district Sangshad of Bangladesh Udichhi Shilpi Gosthi Sadhon Kumar Sarker rendered a song paying rich tribute to Shaheed Sangku, martyrdom of whom instantly ignited the War of Liberation on Marh 3 in 1971 in the whole Rangpur region.
President of district unit of the Communist Party of Bangladesh and valiant freedom fighter Comrade Shahadat Hossain, former student leader Kazi Muhammad Esha, President of district unit of Ghatok Dalal Nirmul Committee Dr Mofizul Islam Mantu, District Coordinator of Bangladesher Samjatantrik Dal (BSD) Comrade Abdul Kuddus, addressed among others.
General Secretary of Rangpur district unit of of Bangladesh Udichhi Shilpi Gosthi Kafi Sarker moderated the memorial meeting participated by artistes and activists of the organisation, freedom fighters, political leaders, civil society members, students, teachers, youths and elite of the city.
Paying rich tributes to Shaheed Sangku Samajhder, the speakers said that Sangku sacrificed his life on March 3, 1971 while taking part in the non-cooperation movement rally in Rangpur breaking the curfew imposed by the Pakistani junta.
The supreme sacrifice of Sangku immediately triggered mass anger among the common people and inspired all in becoming organised to achieve the ultimate Independence of the Nation from clutches of Pakistani occupiers and conspirators through the War of Liberation.
They said that the people of Rangpur were angry as hatred Pakistani President Yahiya Khan cancelled on March 1 the scheduled parliament sitting on March 3 and declared curfew on the day.
Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman with huge hatred rejected cancellation of the scheduled parliament session from March 3 and called strike on March 2 in Dhaka and on March 3 throughout the country.
The whole nation was in unprecedented non- cooperation movements against the Pakistani regime that declared curfew on March 3 when thousands of people of Rangpur, including Sangku, brought out protest procession breaking curfew as elsewhere.
They said Sangku came out from house without taking breakfast along with his elder brother KumareshSamajhder Babu, a student of class eight, and took part in the non-cooperation movement rally.
Originating from Katchari bazaar, student leaders from different areas violated the curfew which was also participated by the then Awami League leader and MLA Siddique Hossain with hundreds of leaders and workers.
At one stage, non-Bengali Behari Sarforaz Khan opened gunfire from his house in Alamnagar area of the city at Sangku, who embraced martyrdom on his way to hospital at about 9:30 am to become the country's first martyr for Independence on the day, they said.