Victory Day celebrated: Slogans demanding quick execution of war crimes’ verdicts
DHAKA, Dec 17, 2014 Nirapad News : The nation celebrated the 44th Victory Day with a call for expediting the trial of war criminals and quick execution of verdicts to free the nation from the decades-old stigma.
People paid respect on Tuesday to the memory of the martyrs recalling with gratitude their supreme sacrifice during the War of Liberation in 1971.
They also repeatedly chanted slogans demanding the trial of Jammat-e-Islami as a party of war criminals for their misdeeds and imposing a ban on its politics.
The day started with 31-gun salute at dawn. The government took elaborate programmes to observe the great Victory Day with due respect, enthusiasm and festivities.
President M Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina paid rich tributes to the martyrs of the Liberation War by placing wreaths at the National Mausoleum at Savar in the early hours.
After placing wreaths, the president and the prime minister stood in solemn silence for some time as a mark of respect to the martyrs of the great War of Liberation.
A smarty turned out contingent of army, navy and air force presented state salute on the occasion while bugles played the Last Post.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina along with senior leaders of Bangladesh Awami League also placed wreaths at the national memorial on behalf of her party.
Speaker of the Jatiya Sangsad, chief justice, ministers, leader of the opposition, chiefs of the three services, members of parliament, freedom fighters, diplomats, representatives of different development partners and high civil and military officials, among others, were present.
President M Abdul Hamid also signed the visitor’s book kept on the premises of the National Memorial.
As part of the day’s programme, a colourful parade was held at the National Parade Square at Sher-e-Bangla Nagar in the morning.
Freedom fighters, army, navy, air force, BNCC, police, Ansar, Coast Guard, and Fire Service took part in the parade while different ministries also showcased activities there.
President M Abdul Hamid took salute and inspected the parade that was marked with fly-past, parachute jump and other spectacular displays by the air force.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina attended the parade at National Parade Ground organized and conducted by 9th Infantry Division of Bangladesh Army.
Jatiya Party Chairman and Special Envoy to the Prime Minister HM Ershad and Leader of the Opposition Rawshan Ershad attended the programme.
Thousands of people from all walks of life witnessed the spectacular display.
Later, Sheikh Hasina placed wreaths at the portrait of Father of the Nation at Bangabandhu Bhaban at Dhanmondi twice — as the prime minister and later as Awami League president. She stood there sometime in solemn silence.
Speaker Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury, Industries Minister Amir Hossain Amu, Commerce Minister Tofayel Ahmed, AL Advisory Council Member Suranjit Sengupta, Agriculture Minister Begum Matia Chowdhury, Expatriates Welfare and Overseas Employment Minister Engineer Khandakar Mosharraf Hossain, Shipping Minister Shajahan Khan, Cultural Affairs Minister Asaduzzaman Noor, AL Joint Secretaries Mahbub-ul Alam Hanif and Jahangir Kabir Nanak and Office Secretary Dr Abdus Sobhan Golap, among others, were present.
Meanwhile, the prime minister released a 10-Taka commemorative postage stamp and a 10-Taka first day cover marking the 44th Victory Day yesterday at her official Ganobhaban residence here in the morning.
She also released a 5-Taka data card on the occasion of the 44th Victory Day. Earlier, Speaker of the Jatiya Sangsad Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury and Deputy Speaker Fazley Rabbi Miah placed wreaths at the altar of the National Mausoleum.
Leader of the opposition Begum Rawshan Ershad with senior leaders of Jatiya Party also placed wreaths at the national memorial on behalf of her party.
BNP Chairperson Begum Khaleda Zia placed wreaths at the memorial at 9 in the morning with her party leaders and stood there for one minute in s silence. Party acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir and other senior leaders were present.
Besides, 14-party central leaders, led by Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JSD) president and Information Minister Hasanul Haq Inu, Workers’ Party of Bangladesh, led by its president Rashed Khan Menon, Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB), led by Mujahidul Islam Selim, Bangladesh Awami Juba League, Bangladesh Chhatra League, Jatiya Sramik League, Bangladesh Krishak League, Bangladesh Awami Swechchhasebak League, Jubo Mohila League, Gono Forum, Bangabandhu Parishad, Bangabandhu Sangskritik Jote, Bangabandhu Mancha, Jatiya Rickshaw Sramik League, Bangladesh Bastuhara Samity, Bangabandhu and Jatiya Char Neta Parishad, Muktijoddha Sangsad, Muktijoddha Sanghati Parishad, Muktijoddha Sangsad Santan Command, Muktijoddha Jubo Comnmand, Muktijoddha Projanma League, Jatiya Ganotantrik League, Pachatturer Ghatak Nirmul Committee, Dhaka University, Sammilito Sangskritok Jote and Zaker Party also paid their deep respect to the martyrs by placing wreaths at the national memorial.
Yesterday was a public holiday. National flags were hoisted atop government, semi-government, autonomous and private offices across the country. Important buildings and establishments were illuminated.
Bangladesh Television, Bangladesh Betar and private TV channels and radio stations aired special programmes, while newspapers brought out special supplements highlighting the significance of the day.
Improved diets were served in hospitals, jails and orphanages. Children’s parks remained open on the day.
Important roads and road islands have already been decorated with national flags, colourful festoons and digitized banners portraying the memorable moments of the nation’s victory in the war of liberation and the portraits of the national leaders.
Special prayers were offered in mosques and other places of worship seeking peace, progress and prosperity for the country. In Dhaka, the bands of army, navy, air force, police, Ansar and Fire Service played at important places.
Ships of the navy and the coast guard remained open for the general visitors from 2 pm till sunset in Chittagong, Khulna, Mongla, Sadarghat, Pagla, Narayanganj and Barisal.
Different socio-cultural bodies, including Bangla Academy, Shilpakala Academy, Islamic Foundation and Nazrul Institute, observed various programmes on the day.
Bangladesh missions abroad also observed the Victory Day through various programmes.
The day, marking the Bangalee nation’s ultimate victory over Pakistani occupation forces on December 16, 1971 through a nine-month war, was celebrated across the country and Bangladesh’s missions abroad paying glowing tributes to Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman for leading the nation successfully towards independence.
Pakistani Army General AAK Niazi led 93,000 soldiers to bow under an instrument for unconditional surrender to the Allied Forces of Mukti Bahini and Indian Army at the historic Race Course Maidan (now Suhrawardi Udyan) in Dhaka.
It is the venue from where Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman asked Bangalees to take all out preparations for independence on March 7, 1971.
During the nine-month war, Pakistani forces and their local collaborators — Rajakars, Al-Badrs and Al-Shams killed at least three million innocent Bangalees and violated two lakh women which are considered to be one of the world’s biggest genocides.