Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina paid tribute to Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the Father of the Nation, by placing a wreath at his portrait in front of Bangabandhu Memorial Museum at Dhanmondi in Dhaka on the occasion of the historic Six-Point Day today.
After laying the wreath in the morning, the prime minister stood in solemn silence for a few minutes as a mark of profound respect to the memory of Bangabandhu, the architect of the country’s independence.
Flanked by senior Awami League leaders, Sheikh Hasina placed another wreath at Bangabandhu’s portrait as the chief of the party.
Later, leaders of the associate bodies of Awami League, including Dhaka city AL, Chhatra League, Jubo League, Sramik League, Krishak League, Mohila Awami League and Swechchhasebak League, placed wreaths at the portrait of Bangabandhu, marking the historic occasion.
On this day in 1966, Bangabandhu launched a massive movement against the misrule of Pakistanis on the basis of the six-point demand known as the Magna Carta of Bangalees demanding autonomy for the then East Pakistan.
The Awami League under the leadership of Bangabandhu called for a day-long hartal on June 7, 1966 throughout East Pakistan pressing the demand for autonomy to end the exploitation, deprivation, subjugation and tyranny of the then central government of Pakistan.
Ten people, including labour leader Manu Mian, Shafique and Shamsul Haque, were killed as the police and paramilitary East Pakistan Rifles (EPR) opened fire on demonstrators on the day in Dhaka, Tongi and Narayanganj during the hartal.
The atrocities of Pakistan government intensified the movement for provincial autonomy, turning it into the historic mass upsurge in 1969 that subsequently caused the downfall of the reign of Ayub Khan leading to the independence of Bangladesh.