Vol. 5 Num 694 Sat. May 13, 2006  

Tributes paid to Gen Aurora

People of Bangladesh and India are bound together by the bond of blood, said the speakers at a discussion in the city yesterday.

They said during the liberation war Indian people extended all types of help to the people of Bangladesh as both of them wanted to achieve democracy, secularism and socialism.

The discussion was organised by Bangladesh Muktijoddha Kalyan Foundation (BMKF) on the occasion of the first death anniversary of Lt General Jagjit Singh Aurora, commander of Bangladesh-India joint forces during the liberation war, at the Cirdap auditorium yesterday.

"Gen Aurora helped us in materialising our dream of independence that we cherished in our heart through ages," said Dr Kamal Hossain, president of Gono Forum.

Awami League (AL) leader Tofail Ahmed said the best way to show respect to liberation war heroes is to topple the present regime and establish a government of pro-liberation forces.

Syeda Sajeda Chowdhury, AL presidium member, said being the wife of a valiant freedom fighter the prime minister is humiliating national flag by accommodating anti-liberation elements in her cabinet.

Suranjit Sengupta, another presidium member of AL, said, " The victory in liberation is the outcome of the collective efforts of Bangladesh and Indian people."

Indian Deputy High Commissioner in Dhaka S Chakrabarty said like 1971 India is also willing to help Bangladesh to combat fundamentalism and terrorism.

Prof A K Azad Chowdhury, former vice-chancellor of Dhaka University, said people have every right to overthrow the government that fails to protect their basic rights.

Shahriar Kabir, president of Ghatak Dalal Nirmul Committee, said, "Crisis has engulfed the whole nation because we have deviated from the principles of the 1972 constitution."

Presided over by Maj Gen (Retd) K M Shafiullah, the discussion was also addressed by Air Vice Marshall (Retd) A K Khandakr, Maj Gen (Retd) Amin Ahmed Chowdhury, Maj Gen (Retd) C R Datta, Prof AAMS Arefin Siddique, former president of Duta, Prof Momtaz Begum, Shahadat Uddin, Abir Ahad, Harun- or- Rashid, Shamsul Alam Dudu, A B M Jafrullah, M A Bari, Shaheen Reza Noor and Journalist Iqbal Sobhan Chowdhury.

One minute's silence was observed at a meeting on the occasion of the first death anniversary of Lieutenant General Jagjit Singh Aurora at the Cirdap auditorium in the city yesterday. From left are Maj Gen (Retd) Amin Ahmed Chowdhury, Maj Gen (Retd) K M Shafiullah, Syeda Sajeda Chowdhury, Air Vice Marshall (Retd) A K Khandakar and Prof A K Azad Chowdhury. PHOTO: STAR