Thousands pay tribute to Bhasani
Thousands of people gathered at Santosh yesterday to observe the 41st death anniversary of Maulana Abdul Hamid Khan Bhasani, a legendary politician of the subcontinent.
They, as well as Bhasani's family, various political parties including Awami League, BNP, Jatiya Party, National Awami Party, Krishak Sramik Janata League, different socio-cultural organisations and educational institutions placed wreaths and bouquets at the grave of the leader. The brave and devoted Maulana earned himself the title “Mazlum Jana Neta” or the leader of the oppressed for his lifelong struggle for the oppressed. Bhasani’s commitment to Islam did not make him a fanatic. His belief in the secular struggle for Bangladesh was unequivocal.
Born in Sirajganj in 1880, Bhasani fought against imperialism and oppression by the Pakistani rulers. He played a significant role in the 1969 mass movement. He led the historic Farakka Long March in 1976. He founded Pakistan Awami Muslim League and later formed National Awami Party.
Prof Mohammad Alauddin, vice-chancellor of Maulana Bhasani Science and Technology University, along with teachers and students of the institution, paid homage to Bhasani by placing wreaths at his grave around 7:30am.
Later, BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, accompanied by party leaders and workers, placed a wreath at his grave. Bhasani died on November 17, 1976.