Bangabandhu's homecoming day today | The Daily Star
12:00 AM, January 10, 2008 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, January 10, 2008

Bangabandhu's homecoming day today

The nation celebrates the historic Homecoming Day of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman today.
On this day in 1972, Bangabandhu, the Founding Father of Bangladesh, returned to an independent country after being released from a Pakistani jail earlier.
Pakistan army arrested him on March 25, 1971 from his Dhanmondi residence during the late-night crackdown of Pakistani occupation forces on the people of Bangladesh (then East Pakistan).
The Pakistan junta later sent Bangabandhu to Pakistan (then West Pakistan) and imprisoned him in a jail.
After the nation achieved its victory over Pakistan on December 16, 1971 through a nine-month-long Liberation War, the then junta of Pakistan was compelled to free Bangabandhu -- the icon of Bangladesh's struggle for independence.
To observe the day, different organisations and political parties including Awami League (AL) and its front organisations have drawn up elaborate programmes.
At 6:00am, the AL would hoist the national flag and the party flag at its central office and Bangabandhu Bhaban in the capital as well as at its party offices across the country.
Leaders and activists of AL and its front organisations and various other organisations will place wreaths at the portrait of Bangabandhu on Road 32 at Dhanmondi at 8:00am.
A discussion on the glorious political life of Bangabandhu will be held at the Institution of Engineers, Bangladesh at 3:00pm.
A delegation of senior AL leaders led by Presidium member Abdur Razzak will lay wreath at the grave of Bangabandhu at Tungipara in Gopalganj today.
In a message on the eve of the historic day, The acting president of AL and Bangabandhu's close associates have described his homecoming as a journey from darkness to light. They also demanded unconditional release of detained AL President Sheikh Hasina, the eldest daughter of Bangabandhu.

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