Today, December 10, is the 53rd disappearance day of martyred journalist Sirajuddin Hossain. On this day in 1971, on the eve of independence, he was abducted from his home in Chamelibagh by the despicable Pakistani invasion forces and their local allies Al Badr and Razakar’s barbarians, and was never found again.
In December 1971, Sirajuddin Hossain became the first victim of the blue pattern of killing intellectuals.
Shahid Sirajuddin Hossain was the Executive Editor of Dainik Ittefaq. His journalistic career spanned from the late British era to the War of Independence. During this whole period he was in direct contact with all the movements of the country. Through his short writings, he brought out the stories of the deprived people of this country in the pages of newspapers with extraordinary skill.
He has bravely done journalism in this country which was blocked in 1971. At that time, his writings such as ‘Thug Bachite Gaon Ujaar’, ‘Adhuna Politikatir Kadhyaya’, political reviews such as ‘Thor Bari Khara, Khara Bari Thor’ and editorials titled ‘Etdinne’ testify to his strong stand in favor of the liberation war. He sent the secret report of the American Consulate in East Pakistan to the government-in-exile, which after repeated broadcasts from Swadhin Bangla Betar Kendra, helped build world opinion in favor of Bangladesh.
Shaheed Sirajuddin Hossain’s journalism in support of the great language movement while he was the news editor of Dainik Azad in 1952 is considered as his outstanding achievement in the journalism world of Bangladesh. Shaheed Sirajuddin Hossain is the father of investigative reporting in this country. As a result of this investigative report to Ittefa, in 1962, the notorious boy abduction gang of Gafargaon, Mymensingh was caught. 72 children were released. Sirajuddin Hussain was nominated for the International Press Institute Award (IPI). Harold Evans, the editor of the then Sunday Times and later the New York Times, discussed the success of Shaheed Sirajuddin Hossain in detail in the IPI Bulletin.
Shaheed Sirajuddin Hussain’s extraordinary heading set the blood of the Bengali nation on fire. ‘Chinil Kemne’, ‘Sukuizza Kade’, ‘Jai Banglar Jai’, ‘Victory Roar of the Angry City’ and the headings that express the imbalance between the two Pakistans in numbers, help to take the reader deeper into the subject.
In 1966, when Bangabandhu presented the 6-point proposal, Sirajuddin Hossain worked tirelessly to make it rooted in the minds of the people as the Liberation Charter of Bengal. He did unparalleled journalism in support of Ittefa for six points until it came under the fire of the government. During the 1970s elections, he exposed the nature of various opposing currents and carried out an excellent campaign in favor of Bangabandhu.
In the related press release of Shaheed Sirajuddin Hossain Memorial Parishad, Shaheed Sirajuddin Hossain Government College in Jessore’s Khajura Upazila has organized a Milad Mahfil and discussion meeting in memory of Shaheed journalist Sirajuddin Hossain today at 11 am on December 10 at the college premises.
On behalf of martyred journalist Sirajuddin Hossain’s family, Korankhani will be held at Mohammadpur mosque in Dhaka and a documentary on Sirajuddin Hossain will be released on social media.