New Delhi/Dhaka: Addressing Bangladesh’s fiftieth Independence anniversary on the Nationwide Parade Sq. in Dhaka within the presence of his counterpart Sheikh Hasina on the primary day of his two-day go to that started on Friday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi recalled the immense contribution of the founding father of Bangladesh Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and the sacrifices made by each the Indian Military and the individuals of Bangladesh in securing independence from Pakistan. PM Modi additionally revealed that he had participated in a “Satyagraha” in India in 1971 as a youth in assist of Bangladesh’s battle for independence and had even courted arrest and gone to jail. He recalled the atrocities and heinous crimes dedicated by the Pakistani Military in 1971 on the individuals of Bangladesh and stated pictures of those didn’t let individuals sleep for days.
The high-profile go to of PM Modi started on a stormy notice, with 4 supporters of hardline Islamist group Hefazat-e-Islam being shot lifeless after violence erupted at Hathazari, a rural city, in keeping with worldwide information company experiences from Dhaka. The 4 had been apparently shot lifeless throughout protests being staged by the Islamist group towards PM Modi’s go to. Ruhul Amin, the federal government administrator of Hathazari city, informed information company AFP that upto 1,500 supporters of the hardline group attacked a police station chanting anti-Modi slogans. Different experiences stated a whole lot of protesters additionally staged protests exterior Dhaka’s Baitul Mokarram Mosque to oppose the go to, leading to clashes and accidents after they attacked the Police.
In the meantime, in a particular gesture, Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Ministers from her cupboard welcomed PM Modi on the Hazrat Shahjalal Worldwide Airport on his arrival in Dhaka earlier within the day. A salute of 19 weapons and Guard of honour had been accorded to PM Modi. The Bangladesh PM praised India for its present growth partnership and assist through the Covid Pandemic and recalled the historic assist of India for the liberation of Bangladesh in 1971. She additionally recalled the horrific assassination almost 46 years in the past of her father and founding father of Bangladesh Sheikh Mujib on August 15, 1975, and the killing of a number of of her relations on that day. Sheikh Hasina was overseas on the time.
Earlier within the day, quickly after his arrival in Dhaka, PM Modi visited the Nationwide Martyrs’ Memorial (Jatiyo Sriti Shoudho), the Nationwide monument of Bangladesh, at Savar, about 35 km north-west of Dhaka to pay tributes to the valour and the sacrifice of those that gave their lives within the Bangladesh Liberation Warfare of 1971. PM Modi signed the customer’s e-book within the monument and wrote, “I pray that the eternal flame at Savar remains a lasting reminder of the noble victory of truth and courage over deceit and oppression.”
Bangladesh is celebrating 50 years of its existence this yr and each nations are additionally celebrating 50 years of firm of diplomatic relations with one another this yr. The Indian armed forces’ victory over Pakistan within the conflict in December, 1971, had led to the liberation of the erstwhile East Pakistan and the start of Bangladesh as an Unbiased nation. The Pakistani Military’s crackdown started in March, 1971, and formally three million individuals had been killed through the nine-month lengthy conflict. PM Modi’s “historic visit is to celebrate Mujib Borsho- the birth centenary of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman ; 50 years of the establishment of diplomatic ties between India and Bangladesh; and 50 years of Bangladesh’s war of liberation”.
Paying homage to the martyrs of the liberty battle, PM Modi stated, “The photographs showing the atrocities and heinous crimes committed by the Pakistani Army did not let people sleep for days. We will not forget those who secured independence for Bangladesh by sacrificing oceans of blood. We will not forget (their sacrifice). … Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman emerged as a ray of hope or the people both here and in India.”
PM Modi added, “I must have been 20-22 years of age when I along with several of my colleagues offered a Satyagraha in support of Bangladesh’s struggle for Independence. I courted arrest while supporting the struggle for Bangladesh’s independence and went to jail.” PM Modi additionally recalled the efforts of the then Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi through the Bangladesh liberation conflict.
PM Modi additional stated, “I salute the brave soldiers of the Indian Army who stood with the brothers and sisters of Bangladesh in Muktijuddo (liberation war). Those who gave their blood in ‘Muktijuddo’, sacrificed themselves, and played a very big role in realising the dream of independent Bangladesh. This is one of the most memorable days of my life. I am grateful that Bangladesh has included me in this event. I am grateful that Bangladesh has invited India to take part in this function. It is a matter of our pride that we got the opportunity to honour Sheikh Mujibur Rahman with the Gandhi Peace Prize.” India had conferred the celebrated award posthumously on Sheikh Mujib for the yr 2020 simply forward of the go to.
PM Modi additionally praised the management of his counterpart Sheikh Hasina and talked about the fast strides in growth made by Bangladesh beneath her management. He stated Bangladesh had proved these flawed who had raised doubts and questioned the identification of Bangladesh. He additionally spoke in regards to the present sturdy ties between the 2 nations, the provision of Indian-manufactured Covid vaccines to Bangladesh and landmark agreements between the 2 nations such because the Land Boundary Settlement.
“We must remember that we’ve similar opportunities in fields of trade and commerce, but at the same time, we’ve similar threats like terrorism. The ideas and powers behind such types of inhumane acts are still active. We must remain vigilant and united to counter them,” PM Modi stated, including that each India and Bangladesh have the facility of democracy and imaginative and prescient for the long run, and it’s vital for the area the 2 nations progress collectively. “That is why Indian and Bangladeshi governments are making meaningful efforts in this direction,” he stated.
Throughout the course of the day, he additionally met met Political leaders from Bangladesh’s ruling 14 Celebration Alliance and mentioned “diverse issues of bilateral relations were held during the meeting to strengthen ties between the two nations”. However he additionally met met and interacted with opposition leaders from numerous political events of Bangladesh. International Minister of Bangladesh, Dr A.Ok. Abdul Momen additionally referred to as on PM Modi. Other than this, PM Modi additionally met the Neighborhood leaders together with Representatives of Minorities in Bangladesh, Bangladeshi Mukhtijoddhas (freedom fighters), Mates of India and Youth Icons.
In the meantime, Bangladesh Police stated 4 our bodies of members of Hefazat-e-Islam, a hardline Islamist group, had been delivered to Chittagong Medical School Hospital after violence erupted at Hathazari, a rural city the place the group’s important leaders are based mostly. “We got four bodies here. They are all hit with bullets. Three of them are madrasa students and another a tailor,” Alauddin Talukder, a police inspector on the hospital, informed information company AFP. He stated at the very least 4 different demonstrators had been critically injured however didn’t say who opened fireplace. Ruhul Amin, the federal government administrator of Hathazari city, stated upto 1,500 supporters of Hefazat attacked a police station chanting anti-Modi slogans. “They attacked us impulsively,” he stated, with out confirming whether or not any protesters had been killed. Hathazari is residence to one in all Bangladesh’s largest madrasas and is the headquarters of the Hefazat, which was fashioned in 2010 and is believed to be the nation’s largest hardline Islamist outfit.
Based on different worldwide information company experiences, by Friday afternoon, a whole lot of protesters had additionally gathered exterior Dhaka’s Baitul Mokarram Mosque after which violent clashes broke out after one faction of protesters started waving their footwear as an indication of disrespect to PM Modi, whereas one other group tried to cease them. Protesters reportedly threw stones on the police, who had been closely current on the streets close to the Mosque.