The nation will recall Saturday the sacrifice of student leader Asad whose death in police firing triggered the 1969 mass upheaval that toppled the autocratic Ayub regime.
On the occasion of Asad Day marking his 49th martyrdom anniversary, different socio-cultural and political organisations, including Shaheed Asad Parishad, have chalked out various programmes that include placing wreaths at the memorial plaque of Asad in front of the Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) and his grave at Shibpur in Narsingdi.
On this day in 1969, Asad, the hero of the 1969 mass upsurge, was killed in firing by the Pakistani police on a protest rally near Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) against the atrocities on the people of East Pakistan.
The death of Asad, then a master's student of Dhaka University (DU), took the mass upsurge to the highest peak which hastened the fall of the military ruler Field Marshal Ayub Khan after over a decade of his iron rule.
The nation achieved independence in 1971 following the nine-month War of Liberation in continuation of the 1969 mass upsurge.
President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina issued separate messages paying tributes to the memory of Shaheed Asad on the occasion of his martyrdom anniversary.
They prayed for peace of the departed soul of Shaheed Asad, killed by police on January 20 during the mass movement in 1969.
In his message, President Abdul Hamid said, the sacrifice of Asad in 1969 mass upsurge had added a new dimension to the independence movement.
With the demand of independence and own state, the country's people irrespective of class and profession took to the street defying the fear of jail and oppression, he said.
The President said after Asad's killing, the movement turned into a mass upsurge and in continuation of that Bangladesh emerged as an independent country through the War of Liberation at the call of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
In her message, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said January 20 is a significant day in the history of Liberation War of Bangladesh as student leader Mohammad Asaduzzaman was killed in police firing in front of Dhaka Medical College Hospital on this day in 1969.
The historic six-point demand of Bangabandhu surfaced as the way of freedom when the people of Bangla had become perplexed due to discriminatory behavior and atrocities by the Pakistani rulers, she said.
Sheikh Hasina said the then military ruler Ayub Khan implicated Bangabandhu in a 'sedition' case known as 'Agartala Conspiracy Case' being afraid of his popularity.
She said when the people of Bangladesh protested against the case, police killed Asaduzzaman, a master's degree student of Dhaka University, at a protest rally in front of Dhaka Medical College Hospital on January 20, 1969.
The supreme sacrifice of Asad triggered the mass upsurge that brought the fall of autocratic ruler Ayub Khan, she added.
She paid tribute to the memory of Shaheed Asad on the occasion of Shaheed Asad Day and prayed for eternal peace of the departed soul of all the martyrs including Shaheed Asad.