In a bid to pay rich tributes to the martyred sons and daughters of the soil, the Rangpur district administration in association with other organisations has chalked out elaborate programmes to celebrate the upcoming Victory Day in a befitting manner.
Talking to state news agency BSS, Deputy Commissioner Enamul Habib said the law enforcement agencies have taken adequate security measures to ensure peaceful celebrations of the Victory Day in the city as well as in all upazila headquarters in Rangpur. The district administration, Rangpur City Corporation (RpCC), freedom fighters, different political parties and their associate bodies, educational institutions, socio-cultural and professional organisations have taken elaborate daylong programmes.
The observance will begin with 31-gun salutes at Police Lines Ground, placing of wreaths at the Independence Memorial ‘Arjan’ and hoisting of the national flag atop all government, semi-government and private buildings with the sunrise on the day. Divisional Commissioner Muhammad Joynul Bari, Deputy Inspector General (DIG) for Rangpur Range Devdas Bhattacharya, City mayor Mostafizar Rahman Mostafa, Deputy Commissioner Enamul Habib, Police Super Mizanur Rahman and officials will first place wreaths.
Later, leaders of district unit of Bangladesh Muktijoddha Sangshad, different political parties and their associate bodies, heads of educational institutions, activists of different socio-cultural, professional, business, human rights and other organisations, NGOs and common people will place wreaths there.
The programmes also include illumination and decoration of the main islands of roads, roadsides and various buildings with national flags and colored miniature posters and banners. A huge colourful Victory Day mini-marathon with participation of thousands of people will be brought out from Begum Rokeya University campus to Rangpur Zila School ground via Shapla Square and Paira Square in the city at 7 am.
The Divisional Commissioner will hoist the national flag and take salute at march-past and displays by the freedom fighters, police, Ansar-VDP, BNCC, fire service and civil defense personnel, students, children, jail guards, scouts, rover scouts and girl guides at Rangpur Stadium.
The District Information Office will screen documentary films on the War of Liberation and Victory Day in the cinema halls and open places of the city and other places in the district.
Special prayers will be offered seeking divine peace for departed souls of martyred of the War of Liberation and martyred intellectuals, progress and welfare
of the nation and its people at mosques, temples, churches, pagodas and other places of religious worship.
Freedom fighters and relatives of the martyred freedom fighters will be accorded receptions at Town Hall auditorium and the main discussion will be held at the Central Shaheed Minar premises in the evening marking the Day.
Improved diets will be served to inmates of hospitals, Rangpur Central Jail, shelters of older citizens, day-care and child centres, orphanages, Government Shishu Paribars and vagabond centres.
Drawing competitions for children on the War of Liberation, charity shooting competitions for males and females, special discussions and sports competitions for women, charity football match and Kabadi competition, essay competitions and discussions for students, cultural functions and prize giving ceremony will be organised.