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Historic 17 May, the Homecoming Day of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina

It was raining on the 17th May of 1981, but hundreds and thousands of people were waiting outside the Dhaka International Airport, waiting for her to arrive. After waits of long hours, the plane carrying Sheikh Hasina landed at the airport.he has arrived. She was homecoming_of_sheikh_hasina_cap.jpgoverwhelmed with emotions which was apparent as she kissed the soil of her country immediately getting off from the aircraft. The crowd was hailing wishes for Hasina as well as slogans for the long cherished desire for trial for Bangabandhu murder. Sheikh Hasina was highly welcomed by the countrymen. Her eyes were full of tears. A new era began on 17th May 1981 in Bangladesh. "I have come to stay beside the people of Bangla and take part in the struggle for freedom . . . I have come not to be the leader of the Awami League. I want to stand by you as your sister, as your daughter and as a worker of Awami League believing in ideals of Bangabandhu," she said in her first public remarks on her return on that day. The crowd of tens of thousands of people chanted in chorus - -- 'Joy Bangla, Joy Bangabandhu' - the slogan of the Liberation War which was virtually prohibited at that time. The capital had turned into a city of procession yesterday (May 17). Even strong storm and showers could not hold back the processions. In that day, it was not possible to maintain discipline in the airport after 3:30 pm. When the plane carrying Sheikh Hasina was sighted in the sky, thousands of enthusiastic people entered the airport defying all controls and discipline. "The plane had to land taking risks, to some extent". After frantic efforts, volunteers and security people paved ways for Sheikh Hasina to disembark from the aircraft when she waved her hands to the cheering people. She boarded on a truck at 4:32 pm amid thunderous slogans "we pledge to you -- Sheikh Hasina - we will avenge the killing of Bangabandhu" as eyes of many were soaked with tears. Sheikh Hasina also broke into tears when Abdur Razzak garlanded her. The truck needed three hours to carry Sheikh Hasina to reach Sher-e-Banglanagar.



Published at: 2010-05-18

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