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3 embraced martyrdom for breaking curfew

RANGPUR, March 2, 2017 (BSS) - Three heroic sons of Rangpur sacrificed their lives while taking part in a massive curfew defying protest rally during the non-cooperation movement on March 3 in 1971 in the city.

"Supreme sacrifice of the three brave sons instantly created mass anger among the people of Rangpur and united them to free the country from Pakistani occupiers," said former treasurer of Begum Rokeya University Professor Mozammel Haque.

"The three martyrs were Sangku Samajhder, 12, a student of class six, college student Abul Kalam Azad, 22, and government employee Omar Ali, 45," said Professor Haque, also the President of Rangapur Gobeshona Parishad.

Recalling the incident of the brutal killing, freedom fighter Akbar Hossain said thousands of political activists, youths, students, farmers, labourers and common people brought out a massive procession from Katchari Bazar area in the morning, breaking curfew in Rangpur city on March 3 in 1971.

The procession was brought in a response to the call of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman for observing a countrywide strike in protest against the decision of President Yahya Khan to cancel the parliament sitting, which was scheduled for March 3.

"On the very day Sangku along with his elder brother Kumaresh Samajhder came out of their rented house in Guptapara area in the morning to participate in a protest rally," Akbar said, recalling his memory.

At one stage, he said, non-Bengali Sarforaz Khan opened fire on the moving procession from his house in Alamnagar area when Sangku was critically injured.

"Sangku died at 9:30 am on his way to hospital to become the country's first martyr though many other heroic sons embraced martyrdom in the country after 9:30 am on March 3 in 1971," said district Muktijoddha Commander Mosaddek Hossain Bablu.

As the news of Sangku's killing spread in the town, thousands of people came out of their homes and participated in processions to protest the barbaric killing.

But the people who were against the hartal call and non-cooperation movement continued their brutality and killed student of Rangpur College Abul Kalam Azad and government employee Omar Ali on the same day.

Since independence, people in Rangpur city remember the day by recalling the supreme sacrifice of their three brave sons, said Bablu.