Bengali language 'Martyrs' Day' observed

Last Updated: Thu, Feb 21, 2013 10:20 hrs

Kolkata, Feb 21 (IANS) West Bengal Thursday observed the Language Martyrs Day to pay homage to those who died for the cause of Bengali language in Dhaka in 1952.

Employees of the Bangladesh Deputy High Commission sang songs dedicated to the memory of the language martyrs in the Park Circus area.

A replica of the Shaheed Minar in Bangladesh was set up inside the mission.

In 1948, Pakistan declared Urdu as the official language in both West and East Pakistan. The people of East Pakistan, now Bangladesh, protested.

On Feb 21, 1952, students and political activists took out a procession

against Urdu in Dhaka. Police opened fire killing several people.

This sparked off widespread protests, forcing the Pakistan government to give equal status to Bengali.

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