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Fresh vow to rid country of communal forces

  • Special Correspondent
  • 17 December, 2022 12:00 AM
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Fresh vow to rid country of communal forces
Students of different educational institutions throng the National Mausoleum at Savar on the outskirts of the capital to pay respects to the Liberation War martyrs on Friday, marking the Victory Day. —Reaz ahmed sumon

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The nation on Friday celebrated Victory Day with a fresh vow to root out communal forces from the soil of the land, freed from the clutches of the Pakistani occupation forces at the cost of supreme sacrifices of millions of Bangalees.

Paying homage to the martyred war heroes by placing wreaths at National Memorial in Savar, people underscored the need for getting united to uproot militancy being imbued with the spirit of Liberation War.

If the anti-liberation elements and their cohorts are not uprooted, they will become a great threat to country’s peace and progress, they said while remembering the valiant sons of the soil. 

Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader called for resisting the evil design of the defeated and communal forces of 1971.

“The victory of the Liberation War has yet not been consolidated. Therefore, under the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, a united resistance must be built against the defeated and communal ill forces of 71',” he said after placing wreaths at the National Memorial.

The Awami League spokesperson also stressed the need for raising the strength of the pro-liberation forces, saying communal forces, militants and BNP are still active to spoil the glory of the victory of the country.

Mentioning that communalism is the major obstacle to consolidating the victory of the country, Quader came down heavily on BNP for inciting evil forcers against the country.

“This poisonous tree must be uprooted. BNP is hatching conspiracies with the help of the communal forces. These forces must be defeated. This is our commitment on Victory Day,” he added.

President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina led the nation in paying homage to the martyred freedom fighters in the morning.

After placing the wreaths, the President and Prime Minister stood in solemn silence for a while as a mark of deep respect to the martyrs of 1971 Liberation War.

A smartly turned-out contingent drawn from the Bangladesh Army, Navy and Air Force presented the state salute on the occasion as the bugles played the last post. Flanked by Awami League senior leaders, Sheikh Hasina placed another wreath at the National Memorial as the party chief.

Both the President and Prime Minister signed the visitor's book there.

Then, the premier went to Dhanmondi Road No 32 in the capital. She laid separate wreaths at the portrait of the Father of the Nation in front of Bangabandhu Memorial Museum there as Prime Minister and President of Awami League.

Speaker Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury and Chief Justice Hasan Foez Siddique also placed wreaths at the memorial.

After the VIPs, the memorial was opened for all. People then started thronging the memorial to pay homage to the martyrs.

During the celebrations at home and abroad, the red-green flag, achieved through the supreme sacrifice of some 3 million people, was hoisted everywhere.           

People from all walks of life with the national flag in their hands paid tribute to the best sons of the soil who laid down their lives to free their motherland from the clutches of Pakistan.

They also called upon the government to free the country from Rajakars, fundamentalists and militants and build the country being imbued with the spirit of independence war.        On December 16 in 1971, Pakistan occupation forces surrendered at the historic Racecourse Maidan (now Suhrawardy Udyan), leading to the birth of Bangladesh.

The day was heralded by a 31-gun salute at dawn while all roads led to the National Memorial.

Ruling Awami League, main opposition Jatiya Party, Bangladesh Nationalist Party, Sector Commanders Forum, wounded freedom fighters, members of war martyrs’ families and socio-cultural organisations also placed wreaths at the National Memorial.

Dhaka University, National Press Club, Dhaka Reporters’ Unity, Crimes Reporters’ Association of

Bangladesh, Mukitijoddha Sangsad, Amra Muktijoddhar Santan, Bangabandhu Sangskritik Jote, Shishu Academy, Bangabandhu Parishad, Bangabandhu Gabeshana Parishad, National Museum, Shilpakala Academy, Bangladesher Samajtantrik Dal, Workers’ Party of Bangladesh, National Awami Party, Chhatra Union and educational institutions and socio-cultural-professional bodies placed wreaths to pay homage to the martyrs.

The government, different political parties, socio-cultural organisations and educational institutions held elaborate programmes to celebrate the day.

The day was a public holiday. The national flag was hoisted at all public and private buildings across the country to mark the mark.

Newspapers published special supplements while radio and television aired special programmes highlighting the significance of the day in the national life.

Special prayers were offered at mosques, temples, churches, pagodas and other places of worship, seeking divine blessings for peace and progress of the country.

The destitute children were allowed to visit Shishu Park in the capital on the day free of cost.

Improved diet was served in jails, hospitals, orphanages and vagrant homes across the country on the occasion.

Main thoroughfares and road islands in the capital were decorated with the miniature national flag while important government buildings were illuminated.