The people of Chittagong observed the Martyrs’ Day and International Mother Language Day-2016 on Sunday befittingly by paying due respect to the Language Movement Martyrs and with a fresh call for using Bengali at all spheres.
The district administrations, City Corporation, socio-cultural and professional organizations, political parties, students’ organizations’, private bodies and educational institutions chalked out elaborate day-long programmes marking the day.
The observance began at the zero hours, Chittagong metropolitan Police (CMP) led by mohammed kabir paid guerd of honour at the central Shohid minar at One minite past 12 Midnight. Minister for Housing and Public works Engineer mosaraf hossain MP was the first through placing wreaths at Shaheed Minar in the city.
Later, City Mayor AZM Nasiruddin,Former Mayor and President of Chittagong City Awami Legue ABM Mohiuddin chy, Divisional Commissioner Ruhul Amin, Deputy Inspector General of Chittagong Range Shafiqul Islam placed floral wreaths there.
Deputy Commissioner Mezbauddin, Chairman of Chittagong development Authority Abdus Salam, Zilla parisad Administrator MA Salam and Police Super Hafiz Akter along with officials of the district administration subsequently placed wreaths there followed by the other government departments, non-government and private organisations.
Leaders of North and south Bangladesh Awami League (AL) District Unit and other political parties, BNP Chittagong City, Chittagong Press Club , CUJ, Chittagong Reporters Unity,Chittagong Photo journalist association,muktijoddha Command Council, Professional organizations and common people also placed wreaths there to pay homage to the Language Movement Martyrs.
The language movement veterans were accorded receptions and cultural functions organised to mark significance of the day and special prayers offered at mosques, temples, churches, pagodas and other places of religious worships.