Shaheed Nur Hossain Day, commemorating the martyrdom of a young pro-democracy leader of Awami Juba League, an associate organisation of ruling Awami League, was observed in the capital in a befitting manner on Friday.
On November 10 in 1987, Nur Hossain was killed in police firing during a protest demonstration being staged condemning the autocratic rule of Lt Gen HM Ershad in the capital’s zero point near GPO (General Post Office). He painted the historic slogans ‘Gonotantra Mukti Pak, Swairachar Nipat Jak’ (Let Democracy be Freed, Down with Autocracy) on his chest and back.
On the day, Juba League leader Nurul Huda Babul and farmers’ leader Aminul Huda Tito of Bazitpur, Kishoreganj were also killed in the police firing.
Supreme sacrifices of Nur Hossain and others expedited the downfall of HM Ershad, who was forced to resign on December 6 in 1990 in face of mass upsurge.
Since then, November 10 is being observed as Shaheed Nur Hossain Day.
Different socio-political and cultural organisations observed the day through elaborate programmes, including paying tribute to the martyr by placing wreaths at Nur Hossain Square in the capital.
Ruling AL paid tribute to the martyr by placing wreath at Nur Hossain Square at 8:00am on the day.
AL leaders Obaidul Quader, Mahbub-ul-Alam Hanif, Jahangir Kabir Nanak, Ahmed Hossain, Khalid Mahmud Chowdhury, AKM Emanul Haq Shamim, Abdus Sobhan Golap, Asim Kumar Ukil, SM Kamal Hossain and Riazul Kabir Kawser, among others, were present on the occasion.
BNP leaders led by Ruhul Kabir Rizvi also paid tribute to the martyr by placing wreaths at Nur Hossain Square at 9:00am.
Shaheed Nur Hossain Sangsad placed wreaths at Nur Hossain Square at 8:30am and at the martyr’s grave at Jurain at 9:30am.
Nur Hossain’s elder brother Ali Hossain placed wreath at Nur Hossain Square at 8:30am. Later, he placed wreath on his brother’s grave and offered prayers at Jurain graveyard.