Khapra Ward Day observed in Rajshahi
RAJSHAHI, Apr 25: The historic Khapra Ward Day was observed at Rajshahi Central Jail and in the city on Wednesday in a befitting manner.
To mark the day, a 20-member team of Workers Party of Bangladesh (WPB) led by its city unit President Liakat Ali Liku and General Secretary Debashish Pramanik placed wreaths on the memorial plaque in front of the historic Khapra Ward inside the jail.
They also observed a one-minute silence in memory of the slain leaders.
On this day in 1950, the then on-duty jail guards, following order of a jailer, shot dead seven communist party leaders, who were detained in Khapra Ward of Rajshahi Central Jail.
The detainees were served low quality food and deprived of other requisite facilities allowed under the jail code on the instruction of the then jail authority.
The slain communist leaders are Sukhendu Bhattacharya of Mymensingh, Baloram Singh of Dinajpur, Sudhin Dhar of Chapainawabganj, Delwar Hossain and Hanif Sheikh of Kushtia, Bijon Sen and Anwar Hossain of Khulna.
In observance of the day, another 14-member team of Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB) and National Awami Party (NAP) placed wreaths at Shaheed Minar in front of the Khapra Ward.
The Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and Comrade Moni Sing visited the Khapra Ward in 1972.
Marking the day, the city unit of WPB organised a discussion at Homeopathy College auditorium.
Local unit of CBP also organised a meeting at its office with city unit President Enamul Haque in the chair.
Besides, NAP and Chhatra Union jointly brought out a procession in the city to mark the day.