Dhaka (Bangladesh), December 10: The nation will recall with great honor the memory of Bir Shreshtha Ruhul Amin, one of the seven highest gallantry awardees of the Liberation War, on his 49th death anniversary Thursday.
On December 10 in 1971, just six days before the country’s final victory, Engine Room Artificer of Bangladesh Naval Ship (BNS) Palash, Ruhul Amin embraced martyrdom on the bank of the Rupsha River where he had reached after swimming around quarter kilometer in the river from the ship.
Earlier, BNS Palash recaptured Mongla Port from the Pakistani occupation forces through a fierce gun battle. The naval ship then was advancing towards Khulna to conquer the industrial city from the grasp of the Pakistan army.
As the ship reached near the shipyard area, a fighter plane bombed it. Mohibullah, Bir Bikrom, a staff of the ship was instantly killed and the rest of the naval staff jumped into the river.
Ruhul Amin managed to escape the bomb attack but he was killed by the Razakar Bahini.
The next day, Ruhul Amin along with Mohibullah was buried at Bagmara village under East Rupsha area in the district.
Khulna Development Authority (KDA) built a memorial complex at their graveyard in 1997.
Bangladesh Navy supervises the complex after being handed over by the KDA after its construction work completion.
Bangladesh Navy has chalked out different programmes to observe the 49th death anniversary of the two great heroes in befitting manner.
The programs include placing wreaths at their graveyard, holding discussion, doa mahfil and recitation from the Holy Quran.
Source: Dhaka Tribune