Jan 20, 1972: Foreign assistance assured

Udisa Islam
Published : 22:18, Jan 20, 2020 | Updated : 22:42, Jan 22, 2020

From the middle of January, foreign support began coming from overseas and UN took a joint programme with the World Bank to help the people of the war ravaged country. Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujinur Rahman assured rehabilitation to all family members of those who died in the war.
The order to submit weapons stated that if weapons are found on anyone then question will be raised if that person (s) is associated with collaborators Al Badar, Al Shams and Razakars.
The UN secretary general greeted Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman wishing progress and prosperity for Bangladesh.
Assistant secretary general of UN, Paul Mark, met Bangabandhu and said: “All member countries have already been given letters to provide assistance to Bangladesh.”
While meeting the widows of military officers killed in the war, Bangabandhu assured rehabilitation and support.
On this day in 1972, Soviet leaders sent greetings and messages to Bangabandhu saying that the USSR had been by the side of Bangladesh from the beginning of the struggle.
The Soviet Union also hoped that through bilateral relations, the bond between the countries will become stronger.
Within Jan 28, all members of the Gono Bahini were asked to submit their weapons. On Jan 17, Bangabandhu gave the order which said: “All weapons, ammunitions will have to be submitted to district offices by Jan 28; any weapons found after that date will be deemed illegal.”
A newspaper report on Jan 20 wrote that leftist leader Moulana Abdul Hamid Khan Bhashani is coming back to the country on Jan 22. The pro Peking leader went to India in April, 71. He always said that he will return if Sheikh Mujib requested it and so Bangabandhu requested him to come back.
On Jan 19, list of yearly holidays was announced in which declaration was made to observe Mar 26 as Independence Day. Decision was taken to dissolve all ad hoc committees of schools and colleges and a decision was taken for town based schools to form ad hoc committees with six month tenure.
Four leaders of parliament, Nur e Alam Siddiqui, ASM Abdur Rab, Shahjahan Siraj and Abdul Kuddus Makhon called for Bangla to be introduced at all academic institutes, government and private offices.