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One-minute blackout marks Genocide Day

Staff Correspondent

26 March, 2019 12:00 AM printer


blackout marks Genocide Day

A one-minute blackout was observed across the country from 9:00pm on Monday, commemorating the March 25 mass killing. The photo was taken from Karwan Bazar area in the capital. —STAR MAIL

The nation on Monday night observed a one-minute blackout programme commemorating the genocide committed by Pakistan army in Bangladesh in 1971.

The blackout programme was observed from 9:00pm to 9:01pm.

People switched off lights at their houses for one minute in memory of the victims, who were killed on the night of March 25, 1971. However, establishments of emergency services remained out of the purview of the programme.

In 2017, Bangladesh government officially declared March 25 as Genocide Day, marking widespread killing of unarmed Bengali citizens by Pakistani Army on the dark night of March 25, 1971.

On the black night, Pakistani military junta resorted to mass killing in Dhaka and elsewhere to implement its blueprint to crush the hopes and aspirations of the freedom-loving people of independent Bangladesh following Awami League’s landslide victory in 1970 general election.

In the attack dubbed ‘Operation Searchlight’, Pakistani forces mercilessly killed Bengalee members of the then East Pakistan Rifles, police, students, teachers and common people.

 The brute forces of Pakistan killed people indiscriminately, set fire to their houses and property and looted business establishments, leaving a trail of destruction all over.