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44th death anniversary of Bir Shreshtha Ruhul Amin observed

KHULNA, Dec 10, 2015 (BSS) - The 44th death anniversary of Bir Shreshtha Ruhul Amin, one of the seven greatest heroes of the Liberation War, was observed here today with befitting manner.

Bangladesh Navy Khalishpur headquarter (BNS Titumir) and Rupsha Press Club chalked out elaborate daylong programmes which included recitation from the holy Quran, placing wreaths at the martyr's graveyard, discussion meeting, milad mahfil, badminton tournament and prize distribution.

On the day in 1971, just six days before the victory, Ruhul Amin, Engine Room Artificer of Bangladesh Naval Ship (BNS) Palash, embraced martyrdom by the hands of Razakar Bahini (collaborators) on the river bank of Rupsha here as he reached the place after swimming nearly quarter kilometer on the river bank from Palash.

Earlier, BNS Palash was captured at Mongla Port from the Pakistani occupation forces after a fierce gun battle. The ship BNS Palash was heading for their last destination Khulna with a view to conquer the industrial city.

As the ship reached near the Shipyard area, a fighter plane hurled bombs targeting BNS Palash. Bir Bikrom Mohibullah, a staff of the ship, was killed on the spot and the remaining naval staff jumped into the river.

Everybody managed to escape from the clutches of collaborators excepting Ruhul Amin who in fact managed to escape the Pak bombing, but couldn't evade the arrest of the local collaborators while lying on the bank of East Rupsha.

Ruhul Amin, son of Azharul Ali Miah, hailed from Bagchapra village under Begumganj in Noakhali district joined East Pakistan Navy in 1953. He took part in Liberation War under sector 9 as a freedom fighter in 1971.

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