Bangabandhu led every democratic movement: Tofail




Commerce Minister Tofail Ahmed said Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman led every democratic movement of the country.

"Bangabandhu gave leadership to every democratic movement including language movement, six-point movement and the Liberation War movement from the forefront," he said, while speaking as the chief guest at a discussion at the Jatiya Press Club yesterday.

Swadhinata Academy and Asian Cultural Society organised the discussion on "the Historic Agartala Case Free and Bangabandhu Day" with its president Advocate M Nurul Islam Dhandu in the chair.

The discussion was also addressed, among others, by organising secretary of Bangladesh Medical Association (BMA) Dr Uttam Kumar Barua, vice president of Bangladesh Krisok League MA Karim, Swadhinata Academy general secretary ABM Abdul Halim Sarkar, former US Awami League joint secretary Ataur Rahman Shamim and Sadhinata Academy city unit president Dipon Ali Khan.

The minister said Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was the first among the language prisoners and he was a pragmatic politician.

Ayub Khan's government arrested Sheikh Mujibur Rahman along with 34 others in Agartala conspiracy case.

Later, thousands of students steered the 11-point movement which forced the Pakistan government to drop the charge on 22nd February 1969 and released Bangabandhu along with others unconditionally, the former Dhaka University Central Students Union (DUCSU) Vice President (VP) Tofail said.

"Around 10 lakh people gathered at Suhrawardi Uddyan on February 23, 1969 to bestow Sheikh Mujib with the honour "Bangabandhu" (Friend of Bengal)," he said.

Tofail said the Pakistan government knew that if the voice of Bangabandhu could be stopped then the voice of Bangla would usually stop.

"So, the Pakistani rulers released all politicians except Bangabandhu, in 1971," he said.