DHAKA, Bangladesh - On Saturday, Shaheed Dr. Milon Day was commemorated across the country, marking the 31st anniversary of the death of Dr. Shamsul Alam Khan Milon, who was assassinated during the anti-autocratic movement of the 1990s.
Various socio-cultural and political organizations and professional groups arranged a variety of programs to honor the day.
Wreaths were laid at the tomb of Shaheed Dr. Milon on the Dhaka Medical College campus, "fateha" was offered, and discussions were held to commemorate the day.
On 27 Nov. 1990, Dr. Milon, the then-joint secretary-general of the Bangladesh Medical Association (BMA) and a Dhaka Medical College professor, was shot and killed by gunmen on the Dhaka University campus on his way to a conference against the then-autocratic ruler General Ershad.
Following the martyrdom of Dr. Milon, the movement picked up steam, and dictator Ershad was forced to relinquish power in the face of a mass uprising.
In separate messages, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and President Abdul Hamid paid tribute to Shaheed Dr. Milon, recognizing his heroic sacrifice for restoring democracy.
They prayed for the salvation of Dr. Milon's departed soul.