Shaheed Noor Hossain Day, commemorating the martyrdom of a young pro-democracy activist during the anti-Ershad movement in the late 80s, is being observed today.
On November 10, 1987, Noor Hossain, a leader of Awami Jubo League, was killed in police firing when he had staged protests against the then autocratic rule of Lt Gen HM Ershad at the capital's zero point near Gulistan.
The 26-year-old took to the streets with the slogan 'Swairachar Nipat Jak, Gonotantra Mukti Pak' (down with autocracy, let democracy be freed) inscribed in white on his chest and back. His death sparked a mass uprising that finally overthrew the Ershad regime.
Different socio-political, cultural and professional organisations have chalked out elaborate programmes to observe the day with due reverence.
Leaders and activists of different political parties, including Awami League and BNP, and their associate bodies will pay tributes to the martyr by placing wreaths at Noor Hossain Square in the city's Gulistan area in the morning.
'Zero Point' in the capital's Gulistan area was renamed as 'Noor Hossain Chattar' (square) after the young man was gunned down in the area.
On the eve of the day, President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina issued separate messages.
President Abdul Hamid, in his message, said 10 November is an important day in the history of the movement for democracy in the country.
He recalled with respect all the martyrs, including Noor Hossain, who sacrificed their lives for democracy.
In her message, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said the country's democracy was restored through the sacrifice of the lives of many with the fall of the dictator.
She prayed for eternal peace for the departed souls of all martyrs, including Noor Hossain, and conveyed deep sympathy to the bereaved family members.
BNP Acting Chairman Tarique Rahman and Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir also issued separate messages on the occasion recalling the supreme sacrifice of Noor Hossain for the restoration of democracy.
In a statement, Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader urged all and the leaders and activists of Awami League and its associate bodies to mark the day with due respect maintaining health safety rules.