08 August, 2011
The Central Shaheed Minar is a national monument in Bangladesh, situated near Dhaka medical college Hospital. It was established to commemorate those who sacrificed their lives for Mother Language. Shaheed Miner is one of the most important monuments of the Dhaka city. On February 21, 1952 The Pakistani police force opened fire on Bengali protesters who were wanted equal status to their native tongue, Bangla. The murder occurred near Romna Park and Dhaka Medical College in Dhaka.
In 1947, Pakistan was formed with two regions, East Pakistan (also called East Bengal) and West Pakistan. The native tongue of West Pakistan is Urdu and Bangla is native tongue of East Pakistan. The Government of Pakistan ordained Urdu as the sole national language, the Bengali-speaking majority of East Pakistan protested it. As a result Pakistani Government killed many of Bengali protesters who were demanding identical status to their native language, Bangla.
A prominent Bangladeshi sculptor Mr. Hamidur Rahman made a designed of Shaheed Minar.