Shaheed Noor Hossain Day, commemorating the martyrdom of the pro-democracy activist 28 years ago on this day during the anti-Ershad movement in 1987, was observed on Tuesday.
A political worker of the Awami League, Noor Hossain had joined AL’s party rally and demonstration in the Bangabandhu Avenue area when the three alliances of AL-led eight parties, Bnp-led seven parties and the left five parties called a joint movement to out the then autocratic regime.
Noor Hossain had attracted the attention of all as he joined the demonstration with message ‘Down with autocracy’ inscribed in his chest and ‘Let democracy be free’ in his back. Among three demonstrators killed in police firing on that day was Noor Hossain who assumed the role of a hero.
The zero point at the south-west corner of the General Post Office (GPO) Dhaka has since been called the Noor Hossain Square and the day marked as Noor Hossain Day.
Different socio-political organisations held various programmes marking the day. In the morning wreaths were placed at the square as a mark of respect to Noor Hossain who symbolises the struggle against autocracy for democracy.
Leaders and activists of different political parties, including the BNP, the Awami League other small parties and organisations, and their associate bodies, paid tributes to the martyr placing wreaths at Noor Hossain Square.
Noor Hossain’s elder brother Ali Hossain also placed wreaths at Noor Hossain Squire at 7am. He later went to his brother’s Jurain graveyard and offered fateha there.
The Noor Hossain foundation observed the day with various programmes, including placing wreaths at his grave.
On November 10, 1987, Noor Hossain, a worker of Awami Juba League, was killed in police firing when he had staged protest against the then autocratic rule of Lt Gen HM Ershad at the capital’s zero point near Gulistan.
The 26-year-old took to the streets with the slogan ‘Swairachar Nipat Jak, Gonotantra Mukti Pak” (down with autocracy, let democracy be free) inscribed in white on his chest and back.
His death inspired the mass movement but it took to more years for the movement to take the form of a mass uprising that finally overthrew Ershad regime in 1990.- News Desk