Bangladeshi artists and social activists stand after lighting the candles during a rally in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Sunday, March 25, 2018. The rally was organized in remembrance of those who were killed on March 25, 1971, a day ahead of the country’s declaration of independence from Pakistan.
Ekattorer Ghatak Dalal Nirmul Committee also organised a programme to remember the 1971 victims by standing silently in front of the Central Shaheed Minar in Dhaka during the blackout. Ghatak Dalal Nirmul Committee took out a torch procession from the Shaheed Minar after the blackout.
Liberation War Affairs Minister AKM Mozammel Huq lit candles after the blackout at another event in the Officers’ Club. Cabinet Secretary Mohammad Shafiul Alam Bhuyian and Cultural Affairs Secretary Md Nasir Uddin Ahmed were also present.
People across the country kept their lights off for one minute from 9:00pm. However, the government did not suspend the power supply.
Emergency services remained out of the purview of the blackout programme when additional security measures were in place.
Besides, the nation is observing the ‘Genocide Day’ in a sombre mood.
The day is being observed officially for the second time in the country as Parliament unanimously adopted a resolution on March 11, 2017, to observe March 25 as the Genocide Day.
On the black night of March 25 in 1971, the Pakistani military junta resorted to mass killing in Dhaka to implement their blueprint to thwart the Awami League’s assumption of office following the election mandate of 1970.
In the attack dubbed ‘Operation Searchlight’, the Pakistani forces mercilessly killed the Bangalee members of the East Pakistan Rifles and police, students, teachers and common people.
They killed people indiscriminately, set fire to houses and properties, and looted business establishments, leaving a trail of destruction.