Shajahan Siraj’s death anniv today
Today is the third death anniversary of Shajahan Siraj, one of the key organisers of the Liberation War in 1971.
On this day in 2020, he passed away in Dhaka, at the age of 77, said a press release.
On the occasion, a three-day programme has been taken up in Dhaka and Kalihati, Tangail. On behalf of Shajahan Siraj Welfare Trust, a wreath will be placed on his grave at Banani graveyard in Dhaka in the morning.
Qurankhwani and a food distribution programme will be held at the orphanages run by Anjuman Mufidul Islam.
In Kalihati, the day's programme will begin with laying wreaths at the mural of the deceased. Besides, scholarships will be given among the poor and meritorious students at Shajahan Siraj College in Kalihati.
In addition, doa mahfil, Qurankhwani and special prayers will be held at mosques in the upazila after the Juma prayers. Prayers will also be offered at temples.
Shajahan Siraj, a veteran politician, read the manifesto of the country's independence in presence of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and millions of others on March 3, 1971. He was also the commander of the Bangladesh Liberation Force.
He was elected member of parliament five times in his 60-year-long political career.
Siraj was known as one of the "four caliphs" -- Shajahan Siraj, ASM Abdur Rob, Abdul Kuddus Makhon and Nur-e-Alam Siddique -- of Liberation War.
Siraj was one of the key figures of Swadhin Bangla Biplabi Parishad, a secret organisation that was formed by Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in 1962 with an aim to liberate the country from Pakistan.