Saturday, April 25, 2009
The historic Khapra Ward Day was observed at Rajshahi Central Jail and in the city yesterday with a vow to continue movement to ensure trial of the war criminals of 1971.
On this day in 1950, prison guards following order of a jailer opened fire on communist prisoners who were fasting in protest against torture and sub-standard food in the jail. Seven communist leaders were killed in the firing.
The slain communist leaders are Sukhendu Bhattacharya of Mymensingh, Baloram Singh of Dinajpur, Sudhin Dhar of Nawabganj, Delwar Hossain and Hanif Sheikh of Kushtia, Bijon Sen and Anwar Hossain of Khulna.
Taking permission from the home ministry, some 31 people belonging to Communist Party of Bangladesh, National Awami Party (Nap) and Workers Party visited Khapra ward inside Rajshahi Central Jail yesterday.
They placed wreaths at the Shaheed Minar built in front of the ward and held a memorial meeting there. NAP's district unit President Fazlul Haque, General Secretary Mustafizur Rahman Khan Alam and CPB's city unit President Abul Kalam Azad spoke.
NAP, CPB and Chhatra Union jointly brought out a procession in the city and then held a discussion on the day.
In 1972, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and Comrade Moni Sing visited the Khapra Ward.