Partymen of Bangladesh Krishak Sangram Samity, a sister concern of the National Democratic Front, recalled the memory of bloodshed of its frontline member Gobinda Sarker and others marking Dahuri Day, on the 22nd July.
Gobinda and several hundred peasants took part in an agitation next to Dahuri water body under Keshabpur upazila in Jashore in Bangladesh vowing to remove dams to get relief from water stagnation under Bhabadah waterlogging area.
It was the 22nd July, 1988, when a clash took place at the area as the agitators moved forward to establish their right of living. Cadres of fish enclosures fought with them at that time, for which a policeman and peasant leader Gobinda Sarker died.
The agitators, who were core farmers, took the risk to cope with their right violating section 144, which was imposed earlier by the administration to curb any possible fatalities. Section 144 refers that any form of gathering is restricted.
The movement later brought benefit to the people of Bhabadah affected areas. There was no waterlogging at the area for the next few years. The government of Bangladesh was compelled to take steps to give relief to the people of the Bhabadah waterloging area.
Bhabadah is a small area under Abhaynagar upazila in Jashore district. It borders Jashore, Khulna and Satkhira districts. In the 60s several sluice gates were constructed at the area vowing to rule the water of Sree River, for which, the nature revolts later which caused water stagnation at a vast area of land. Several thousand people are still suffering from the problem although the government took initiatives to say goodbye to the sufferings. The movement led the government to think about the welfare of the people.
Saifur Rahman Saif is a Bangladeshi journalist. He works at New Age, a popular newspaper.He contributed a story in Freelance Success Stories published simultaneously from the USA and Canada. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
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