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10 January, 2017 00:00 00 AM / LAST MODIFIED: 10 January, 2017 12:02:40 PM
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Homecoming day of Bangabandhu today

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Homecoming day of Bangabandhu today

The historic Homecoming Day of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman will be observed in the city and elsewhere in the country in a befitting manner tomorrow, reports BSS. 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 on January 10 in 1972, after 290 days captivity in Pakistan jail.
To mark the Homecoming Day of Bangabandhu with due respect, the ruling Awami League, its associate bodies, other political parties and socio-cultural-professional organisations have chalked out elaborate programmes.
Pakistan army arrested Bangabandhu from his Dhanmondi residence on the night of March 25, 1971 and sent him to a West Pakistani jail the following day.
Bangabandhu was subjected to inhuman torture in the Pakistan jail where he
had been counting moments for the execution of his death sentence that was pronounced in a farcical trial.
"I was a prisoner in the condemned cell awaiting hanging. From the day I went into jail, I didn't know whether I was to live or not. I was mentally ready to die. But I knew Bangladesh would be liberated," Bangabandhu spoke emotionally of his ordeal in Pakistani prison in a news conference at Claridge's, London's most elegant hotel.
On the Pakistani army's slaughter of Bengalis, "Mujib declared: "If Hitler could have been alive today, he would be ashamed."
Earlier on March 26 in 1971, Bangabandhu proclaimed independence of Bangladesh and urged people from all walks of life to participate wholeheartedly in the nation's War of Liberation.
Immediately after proclamation of the independence, Bangabandhu was arrested by Pakistani military junta and then flown to West Pakistan to keep him in prisons there. Though the final victory in the nine-month-old War of Independence was achieved defeating Pakistani occupation forces on December 16 in 1971, the nation's expectations were fulfilled and the people got the real taste of victory with the homecoming of Bangabandhu on January 10 in 1972.
On reaching Dhaka (Tejgaon) airport in the afternoon on January 10, 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.
Our Staff Reporter adds: The AL will hold a rally at Suhrawardy Udyan in the capital at 2:30pm, marking the day with due respect, said a party press release yesterday. The party’s general secretary, Obaidul Quader, has held several rounds of talks with central leaders and with leaders and workers of the party’s associate bodies to make the rally a success. Party president and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is expected to address the rally.
The ruling party and its different associate organisations have chalked out elaborate programmes to observe the day.
The AL will hoist the national flag and the party flag at its central office, at the Bangabandhu Memorial Museum in the capital's Dhanmondi Road 32 and party offices across the country.
A delegation of senior AL leaders is expected to lay wreaths at the grave of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman at Tungipara in Gopalganj. After visiting the rally ground at Suhrawardi Udyan, the AL general secretary, Obaidul Quader, told reporters that preparations have been completed to make the rally a success. He expected that tens of thousands of Mujib lovers would join the rally. Replying to a question over the allegation of the BNP, he said: “Giving permission to a certain political party for holding its programme is not a matter of the government. It is decided by law enforcers. But I think the Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) denied permission to the BNP to hold a rally in the city as it feared that law and order would be hampered.”

 

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Editor : M. Shamsur Rahman
Published by the Editor on behalf of Independent Publications Limited at Media Printers, 446/H, Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1215.
Editorial, News & Commercial Offices : Beximco Media Complex, 149-150 Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1208, Bangladesh. GPO Box No. 934, Dhaka-1000.

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