Bangladesh observed ‘Amar Ekushey’ and International Mother Language Day on 21st February.
President Zillur Rahman and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina laid wreaths at the Central Shaheed Minar three minutes past midnight. Flanked by party colleagues, opposition leader and BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia also placed wreaths.
Members of various political, socio-cultural and professional organisations and the general public paid their homage. The day is a public holiday. The national flag has been hoisted at half-mast atop all government, autonomous and private buildings.
However, one man was killed and several other people were injured in two incidents of violence Sunday which marred the day’s commemoration of the language movement.The man died and eight other people were injured in a clash between Awami League and the opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party activists over placing wreaths in Sonaimuri of Noakhali early Sunday.
International Mother Language Day was also celebrated in India and many other countries.