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12:00 AM, April 12, 2019 / LAST MODIFIED: 03:11 AM, April 12, 2019

Nine Liberation War martyrs remembered in Sylhet

Nine people -- including Dr Shamsuddin Ahmed and three of his colleagues, who were brutally killed by the Pakistani occupation army in 1971 -- were remembered in Sylhet.

Shamsuddin's family and Steamys School held a memorial programme in front of his residence at the city's Housing Estate on April 9.

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In a memoir, students wrote about the martyrs and paid tributes to them. During the event, Shamsuddin's cousin Sufia Khanam shared her memories.

Nagorik Moitree, a voluntary organisation, brought out a procession from Sylhet Central Shaheed Minar and placed wreaths at their graves in Chowhatta area.

Shamsuddin Ahmed was a doctor of the then Sylhet Medical College Hospital. He did not leave the hospital after the Liberation War started, and treated injured freedom fighters there.

On April 9 in 1971, freedom fighters attacked a Pakistani army convoy near the hospital. After the incident, a group of Pakistani troops cordoned off the hospital and killed Dr Shamsuddin, Dr Shyamol Kanti Lala, nurse Mahmudur Rahman, ambulance driver Korban Ali and five others present there.

They were buried beside the hospital, and the site was later declared as Martyred Intellectuals' Graveyard of Sylhet.

After independence, Shaheed Shamsuddin Ahmed Hospital was established there and the medical college hospital was relocated to Kajalshah area.

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