Vol. 5 Num 295 Sat. March 26, 2005  
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Human Chain Demands
Bring Matiur's remains back from Pakistan

Citizens held a rally and formed human chain at Shahbagh in the city yesterday demanding the government's immediate initiative regarding bringing back the remains of martyred Birsreshtha flight lieutenant Matiur Rahman from his grave in Pakistan.

Speakers at the rally organised by the Save Environment Movement (SEM) expressed solidarity with Milly Rahman, wife of Birsreshtha Matiur Rahman, who recently applied to the prime minister in this regard.

Although 34 years have passed since the Liberation War, no governments took any initiative to bring back the body of Birsreshtha Matiur Rahman who had been buried at the Mashrur Airbase graveyard in Karachi, Pakistan, entitled for the fourth class employees, SEM convenor Abu Naser Khan said.

The Pakistani authorities even dared to disgrace Matiur by identifying him as a "gaddar" (traitor) at the main entrance to the airbase, he added.

"There are numerous examples of relocation of graves in our country--late president Ziaur Rahman's grave was shifted from Chittagong to Dhaka," Golam Kibria, co-ordinator of Bishwa Shahitya Kendra, reasoned.

"If we cannot shift Matiur's grave from Pakistan, it will be a great shame for the nation as well as all freedom fighters of the country," freedom fighter Abul Kashem said.

The speakers also placed emphasis on publishing a complete biography of the seven Birsreshthas nationally.

Shahjahan Mridha Benu, AKM Maksud, advocate Abul Kalam Azad, environment activist Subrata Das, Binoy Mandal and Robin Biswas also spoke at the rally.

A human chain at Shahbagh in the city yesterday demand of the government to shift the grave of Birsreshtha Flight Lt Matiur Rahman from Pakistan to Bangladesh. PHOTO: STAR