The historic Six-point Day, marking the demand for autonomy for the then East Pakistan, is being observed today across the country.
The nation commemorates the Awami League-led movement for autonomy in 1966 that ultimately led to the liberation struggle.
On this day in 1966, 11 people, including Monu Mia, Shafiq and Shamsul Haque, were killed in police firing during a hartal called by Awami League in support of its six-point programme announced by party leader Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, demanding autonomy for the then East Pakistan (Now Bangladesh).
The six-point programme, known as the Magna Carta of the Bengalis, resulted in a massive movement against the misrule of the central government.
To foil this movement, the government unleashed a reign of terror and arrested all senior leaders of the Awami League, including Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
In protest, the party called a hartal on June 7, 1966. During the complete shutdown across East Pakistan, police resorted to torture and arrest of thousands of Awami League workers.
But, the government repression triggered massive protests from the people and the movement intensified fast.
The students launched the 11-point movement which included the six-point demand and the historic mass upsurge of 1969 took place forcing the fall of President Ayub Khan and the release of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman who was under trial in Agartola conspiracy case.
Then the first Pakistan-based general election was held in December 1970 and the Awami League sought people’s mandate and achieved a massive victory.
But, the Pakistani rulers refused to transfer power to Awami League. Bangabandhu called for a non-cooperation movement that culminated into the liberation struggle and finally the War of Independence. Thus the six-point movement contributed greatly to the liberation of Bangladesh.
Marking the day, Bangladesh Awami League observes the historic six-point day with due importance.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina this morning paid rich tributes to Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman by placing a wreath at his portrait in front of Bangabandhu Memorial Museum at Dhanmondi in Dhaka to mark the day.
Flanked by senior Awami League leaders, Sheikh Hasina placed another wreath at Bangabandhu's portrait as the party chief.
BDST: 1304 HRS, JUNE 07, 2023