Vol. 5 Num 779 Sat. August 05, 2006  

'Bring home remains of Birsreshtha Hamidur'

Family members of Birsreshtha Hamidur Rahman and different organisations in Moulvibazar have demanded of the government to bring back home the remains of the national hero from the Indian state of Tripura.

Freedom fighters in the district and people of Kamalganj upazila have been making the demand for long.

Kamalganj unit of Bangladesh Journalists' Association also sent a letter to the finance minister seeking his help to this effect.

BDR sources said, 2, Rifles Battalion Commander Lt Colonel Shaheed Musaddek has sent a letter to his counterpart in the Indian Border Security Force (BSF) to hold a flag meeting to discuss the present condition of the grave.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Liberation War Affairs secretary Abu Sulaiman Chowdhury told this correspondent that the ministry is trying to bring back the remains of the Birsreshtha from India. He said this on Monday while on a visit to a newly constructed monument built in memory of the Birsreshtha at Dhalai at a cost of Tk 14 lakh.

Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) also constructed a monument in memory of the national hero.

In a face to face gun battle with the occupation forces in October 1971, Sepoy Hamidur Rahman of the East Bengal Regiment, sacrificed his life at Dhalai Border Out Post (BOP) in Patrakhala union of Kamalganj upazila. The national hero was buried at Ambasa village, 24-kilometre off Dhalai BOP.

The monument built by BDR in memory of Birsreshtha Hamidur Rahman near Dhalai border outpost in Moulvibazar. PHOTO: STAR