Mashiur (1920-1971) lawyer, politician, martyr in the War of
Liberation. He was born in 1920 at village Singhajhuli in Chaugachha
upazila of Jessore district. He passed Matriculation examination in 1938
from Jessore Zilla School, IA and BA from Calcutta Islamia
College, and obtained BL degree from Calcutta University in 1944.
Rahman joined Jessore district bar in 1944 and was involved in Muslim
League politics. He was elected chairman of Jessore Zila Board in
1948. But in the same year he resigned from the chairmanship of Zila
Board in protest of the state language policy of the Muslim League. In
1949 he joined the Awami Muslim League and had a vital role in
organising the party in Jessore. He was elected as general secretary of
the Jessore district unit of Awami Muslim League in 1952. Mashiur Rahman led the language movement in
Jessore from 1948 to 1952. He was arrested for his active role in the
language movement. He was elected a member of the East Bengal
Legislative Assembly from Jessore in 1954 as a candidate of the united front.
was a member of the Awami League working committee in 1953-1956. He was a
minister in the cabinet of Ataur Rahman Khan in 1956 and was in charge of
the Ministry of Publicity, Parliamentary Affairs, Revenue and Local
Government. He was arrested after the promulgation of martial law in
Rahman had significant role in revitalizing the Awami League in 1964. In
1967 he was elected vice president of the Pro-PDM Awami League. But
during the anti-Ayub movement in 1968 he came back to the main stream
Awami League. He gave legal support in favour of bangabandhu sheikh mujibur rahman
He was elected a member of the National Assembly in 1970 from
Jessore-3 constituency as a candidate of Awami League. In March 1971, he
gave lead to the non-cooperation movement of
Bangabandhu in Jessore.
the night of 25 March, a group of Pak army arrested Mashuir Rahman and
took him to Jessore cantonment. Mashiur Rahman was killed by the Pak army
in the cantonment on 25 April 1971.
Sheikh Mujibur Rahman unveiled a memorial in honour of Mashiur Rahman in
Jessore Municipal Park on 26 December 1972. The Jessore Airport Road was
renamed as Shaheed Mashiur Rahman Sarak. [Abu Md. Delwar Hossain]