Dhaka, May 16 (UNB) - The Historic 'Farakka Long-March Day' was observed on Thursday commemorating populist leader Maulana Abdul Hamid Khan Bhasani’s huge long march towards Farakka Barrage 43 years ago.
Different socio-political organisations observed the day with various programmes.
Bangladesh NAP Dhaka city unit arranged a discussion at Jadu Miah auditorium in the city’s Nayapaltan area while Jatiyatabadi Krishak Dal organised another discussion at the Jatiya Press Club and Farakka Dibash, 2019 Jatiya Udjapan Committee formed a human chain in front of the Jatiya Press Club, marking the day.
On May 16 in 1976, Maulana Abdul Hamid Khan Bhasani led a massive long march from Rajshahi towards India’s Farakka Barrage, demanding demolition of the barrage constructed by the Indian government to divert flow of Ganges water inside its territory.
Thousands of people participated in the long march and staged demonstrations protesting the construction of the barrage.
The Farakka Barrage over the Ganges in the Indian state of West Bengal is roughly 16.5 kilometres (10.3 miles) from the Chapainawabganj border that has had a massive adverse impact on Bangladesh’s ecology since its implementation.