The 'Shaheed Noor Hossain Day' will be observed today in a befitting manner, commemorating the martyrdom of a young pro-democracy activist during the anti-Ershad movement in the late 80s.
On this day in 1987, Noor Hossain, who imprinted his bare chest and back with slogan "Shoirachar Nipaat Jaak, Gonotantro Mukti Paak" (down with autocracy, let democracy be freed), was gunned down in police firing during an anti-autocracy demonstration in the capital's Zero Point. This place was renamed after "Noor Hossain Chattar (square)".
Juba League leader Nurul Huda Babul and farmers' leader Aminul Huda Tito of Bajitpur in Kishoreganj district were also killed in the police firing, according to local media reports.
In the face of the movement, the autocratic ruler had to step down on Dec 6, 1990. Since then, the day has been observed every year as the Shaheed Noor Hossain Day.
Different socio-cultural and professional organisations as well as ruling Bangladesh Awami League have chalked out elaborate programmes to observe the day.
The Awami League programmes include placing wreaths at Shaheed Nur Hossain Square in the morning and offering special prayers seeking eternal peace of the departed soul of the slain Nur Hossain.
Gono Forum will organise a discussion at its central office in city's Arambag area where its President Dr Kamal Hossain will address.
President Md. Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina have issued separate messages on this occasion.