Rich tributes paid to ‘Khapra Ward’ martyrs

The historic ‘Khapra Ward Day’ was observed on Wednesday at Rajshahi Central Jail and in the city paying rich tributes to seven detained anti-British political prisoners who were killed in 1950.

Marking 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 Rajshahi Central Jail.

They also observed one-minute silence there 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, when they had tried to protest the cruel behaviour meted out to them.

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 Nawabganj, Delwar Hossain and Hanif Sheikh of Kushtia, Bijon Sen and Anwar Hossain of Khulna.

In observance of the day, another 14-member team of the Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB) and National Awami Party (NAP) placed wreaths at Shaheed Minar in front of the Khapra Ward inside the jail.

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.