The nation on Monday observed the Genocide Day commemorating the brutality carried out by the Pakistani occupation forces on the unarmed Bangalees on the black night of March 25 in 1971.
The government has taken up various programmes to observe the day with due respect.In observance of the day, the country staged a one-minute blackout from 9pm to 9:01 pm on the night recalling the horror of the March 25, 1971 black night when the Pakistani Army launched heinous genocide in the world history on Bangladesh soil.
Discussions and memorial programmes were arranged at all educational institutions. Rare photos and documentaries on mass killing were exhibited on the premises of the Department of Films and Publications arranged jointly by the Information Ministry, Press and Information Department, Bangladesh Television and Bangladesh Betar.
Besides, rare photos and documentaries on the mass killing were also displayed across the country.
Newspapers published special supplements and television channels aired special programmes highlighting the significance of the day.
Special prayers were offered at all mosques and other religious institutions, seeking eternal peace of the martyrs who were killed on March 25, 1971.
Discussions were also arranged at district and upazila levels marking the day. Besides, cultural programmes on mass killing and the Liberation War were organised across the country.To mark the day, Centre for Genocide Studies of Dhaka University organized a two-day international conference titled ‘Genocide and Mass Violence’ on campus premises from Sunday that ended on Monday.
The Forum for Secular Bangladesh and Trial of War Criminals of 1971 brought out a torch procession from the central Shaheed Minar premises at 8pm on the night.
On the black night of March 25, 1971, the Pakistani military junta carried out mass killing in Dhaka as part of their blueprint to thwart the Awami League’s assumption of office following the victory in the elections held in 1970.
In the attack dubbed ‘Operation Searchlight’, the Pakistani forces mercilessly killed the Bangalee members of the East Pakistan Rifles and police, students, teachers and common people.
They killed people indiscriminately, set houses and properties on fire and looted business establishments, leaving a trail of destruction.
The Jatiya Sangsad unanimously adopted a resolution to observe the March 25 as the “Genocide Day” on March 11, 2017.
Subsequently, the cabinet division in a meeting with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair unanimously endorsed the decision on March 20 in 2017.