Demonstrators carrying sticks threw bricks and stones and engaged in chase and counter-chase in all anti-Pakistani demonstrations that were staged in the then East Pakistan before March 19, 1971. Although lots of people died in those demonstrations, but nowhere Bengalees created armed resistance against the Pakistani law enforcers. Following Bangabandhu’s directives, the first armed resistance was built up against the Pakistani forces in Gazipur on March 19, 1971. Being a witness of history, state recognition of this day is essential.
Liberation War Affairs Minister AKM Mozammel Haque said this while recalling the events of 1st armed resistance against Pakistani troops on March 19, 1971 at a discussion held at Jatiya Press Club on Thursday.The National Committee for celebration of March 19 First Armed Resistance, Bangladesh Sangbadik Odhiker Forum (BSOF) and Gazipur Union of Journalists (GUJ) jointly organised the discussion, says a press release.
Moderated by Ataur Rahman, President of Gazipur Union of Journalists (GUJ), the discussion was presided over by the Convener of the National Committee for celebration of March 19 First Armed Resistance, Prof Dr Hafiza Khatun.
Among others, Shamsur Nahar, MP, Jatiya Press Club President Farida Yasmeen, Md Azharul Haque, Prof Abdul Bari, BJRF President Heroic freedom fighter Azizul Islam Bhuiyan, GUJ Vice-President MA Salam Shanto spoke on the occasion.