Central Shaheed Minar

Shaheed Minar Road
University of Dhaka
Dhaka - 1000

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Central Shaheed Minar is located at the Dhaka Medical College Camp, in the heart of Bangladesh's capital Dhaka. It is the Memorial of the Martyrs of Language Movement in 1952. The people of Bangladesh sacrificed their lives to have their mother tongue Bangla as one of the national languages of then Pakistan. This Shahid Minar was built to commemorate their memories.

On February 21, 1952, Students started their protest rally to establish Bengali language as one of Pakistan's national languages in front of Dhaka Medical College's gate. To prevent this protest, the then Pakistani police imposed Section 144. Abul  Barkat, Abdul Jabbar, Abdus Salam, Rafiq Uddin Ahmad accepted martyrdom and about 300 were wounded when police started shooting on the protesters. This time police arrested 180 protesters. The Dhaka Medical College students started the memorial monument in the afternoon on February 23, 1952 and completed it at night. But that Shaheed Minar was demolished by the then police. The Shaheed Minar that we currently see was laid on 21 February 1956. The architect of the Shaheed Minar was Hamidur Rahman.

In 1957, under the supervision of Novara Ahmed and Hamidur Rahman construction of the final design of the Shaheed Minar was started. Then on February 21, 1963, Hasina Begum, mother of a language martyr Abul Barkat,  inaugurated the Shaheed Minar.

The central Shaheed Minar, raising the head with pride in the Dhaka Medical College premises, has brightened the Bengali nation's glorious history of language movement to the world.

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  •   by Pallab
    on 05/05/2017

    It is a great monument for every Bangladeshi. It stands for the martyrs of language movement for the right of Bengali language, and is built on the same place where many students were martyred on 21st February 1952. I visited this place last time on 21st February 2002. It was over crowded, and tuff to have a proper view of the monument. If you want to have a good experience, I would suggest you to avoid February and visit this monument some other times of the year.

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