Shaheed Minar – Noakhali

That day was February 21, 1953. Facing the difficult political situation and ignoring the bloody eyes of the Ayyubid ruling group, at that time a group of school going students and youths from Noakhali district set up a Shaheed Minar with clay in Ajparagaon and laid a wreath in memory of the martyr,s and celebrated the first martyr,s day. A few matriculation students of Begumganj High School chanted slogans like ‘Nurul Amin’s Kalla Chai’, ‘Rashtra Bhasha Bangla Chai’—’ Martyrs’ blood will not be allowed to go in vain’— Former GM of Bangladesh Bank late Abdul Jalil, T&T SDE late Md. Hanif, The late Shanti Ranjan Karmakar, a former officer of Bangladesh Bank and the late Abul Khair, an ophthalmologist of Chaumuhani, along with a few others gathered at the Qazi High School ground on the night of Ekushey. Together they built the Shaheed Minar with clay on the grounds of Kazirhat High School. This was the first Shaheed Minar of the district and the celebration of Shaheed Day. While reminiscing about that day, the young student of that time and today’s old comrade Mehedi emotionally remembered one of his teachers, the late Master Abdul Karim. Inspired by this teacher, he and his classmates celebrated Shaheed Day by setting up the first Shaheed Minar in the midst of various adversities.

Later, in 1969, the Shaheed Minar was made permanent with bricks and cement. After three relocations, it has been permanently set up in front of Kazirhat Shaheed Amanullah High School. Professor Md Hanif, a veteran politician of the district, former MP and former president of the district Awami League, said that the people of Kazirhat area were very politically aware and organized in ’52 -’53. That is why it was possible to build Shaheed Minar and celebrate Shaheed Day. Md. Sirajuddin, a one-time meritorious student of Chaumuhani College, former secretary and member of the Planning Commission, said, After February 21, 1952, Fazlul Karim, an IA 2nd year humanities student of Chaumuhani College, was arrested by the police while going to a rally in Chowmuhani Bazar to organize the students and masses to establish Bangla as the state language. After his arrest, he was kept in Dhaka Central Jail for one year. He was released at the end of ’53. The first and only arrested language soldier among the language activists in the late Fazlul Karim district. He was later the Dhaka City chief correspondent of the now defunct Dainik Bangla.

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Updated: June 16, 2023

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