Shaheed Dr Milon Day will be observed across the country today commemorating the 28th martyrdom anniversary of Dr Shamsul Alam Khan Milon, the then joint secretary general of Bangladesh Medical Association (BMA), reports BSS.
Dr Milon, who was also a teacher of Dhaka Medical College (DMC), was killed by the goons of military junta near the Teacher-Student Centre (TSC) of Dhaka University at the height of anti-autocracy movement on the day in 1990. The supreme sacrifice of Dr Milon transformed the anti-autocracy movement into a mass upsurge that prompted the fall of the then autocratic regime paving the way for restoration of democracy in the country. On the eve of the day, President M Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina issued separate messages recalling the supreme sacrifice of Dr Milon for the cause of restoration of democracy. In his message, the President said Dr Milon was a bright star in democratic movement of Bangladesh.
He said Milon’s sacrifice had expedited the democratic movement, paving the way to restore democracy in the country. Abdul Hamid said the people would remember the sacrifice of Milon forever. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, in her message, paid rich tribute to the departed soul of Dr Milon and others who were martyred in the struggle for democracy.
She said numerous democracy-loving people, including Jubo League leader Nur Hossain, Nurul Huda, Babul and Fattha, embraced martyrdom in the movement for restoring democracy.
President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina prayed for eternal peace of the departed soul of Dr Milon.
Different political parties, socio-cultural organisations and professional bodies have chalked out elaborate programmes to mark the day.
The programmes include offering special prayers, placing wreaths at the grave of Dr Milon on DMC campus and at Milon Smrity Chattar (Square) near TSC of Dhaka University, and holding discussions.