CHATTOGRAM: ‘Amar Ekushey’ and ‘International Mother Language Day’ was observed with deep respect and solemnity in the port city like elsewhere in the country on Sunday.
Thousands of people from all walks of life started gathering at Chattogram central Shaheed Minar with flowers from the first hour of the day.They paid profound respect to all the heroes who embraced martyrdom for mother language on February 21 in 1952.
Chattogram City Corporation (CCC) Mayor M Rezaul Karim Chowdhury and CCC Councillors placed floral wreath at the Shaheed Minar after the state honour was shown to the martyrs amid tune of bugle.
They were followed by Chattogram Divisional Commissioner ABM Azad, Chattogram Range Deputy Inspector (DIG) Anwar Hossain, Chattogram Metropolitan Police (CMP) Commissioner Saleh Mohammad Tanvir, Chattogram district Deputy Commissioner (DC) Md Mominur Rahman, district Superintendent of Police (SP) SM Rashidul Hoque and leaders of Muktijoddha Sangsad.
Floral wreaths were also placed on behalf of Awmi League (AL) Chattogram city unit, Chattogram Press Club, Chattogram Union of Journalists (CUJ), Chattogram District Bar Association, Railway Police, Ansar-VDP, Fire Service, Chattogram Education Board, BTV Chattogram Centre and district Civil Surgeon Office.
Leaders and activists of different political parties including the AL, BNP, CPB, Workers’ Party, JSD, NAP and their front organisations also placed floral wreaths at the Shaheed Minar to pay homage to the language heroes.
Besides, different educational institutions and cultural organisations including Chittagong University (CU), Chittagong University of Engineering and Technology (CUET), Chittagong Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (CVASU), Chittagong Independent University (CIU), Port City International University (PCIU), Premier University (PU) and East Delta University (EDU) also observed the day with due respect and differing programmes.Discussion meetings, drawing competition, recitation of poems and songs were also organised at different places including district Shilpakala Academy premises marking the day.