People across the country poured out into the streets in the early hours of Sunday to celebrate the execution of two war criminals, BNP leader Salauddin Quader Chowdhury and Jamaat-e-Islami Secretary General Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mojaheed, for their crimes committed against humanity in 1971.
The countrymen held their breath to hear the news of the execution of the death sentences of these two war criminals and hailed it as a milestone in the country's history as both the war criminals sought presidential clemency confessing to their crimes committed during the War of Liberation.
They brought out numerous processions expressing joy and happiness after getting the news of the hangings after a long wait of 44 years.
In the capital, political leaders and workers, students and cultural activists came out in processions immediately after the execution of the verdict at the Dhaka Central Jail. People from all walks of life including freedom fighters, activists of the Ganajagaran Mancha and students of Dhaka University gathered at the jail gate, Shahbagh, TSC and many other places in the capital.
Sweets were distributed in different cities and towns including Faridpur and Chittagong. Processions were brought out in both cities by AL, its associate bodies, socio-cultural organisations including freedom fighters of the districts.
As soon as the news of the hanging spread in the city, Sanmilita Sangaskritk Jote, group of cultural organisations, brought out processions from the TSC.
Different political parties, cultural organisations, Muktijoddha Sangsad Central Command Council, Awami Jubo League and Awami Swecchasebok League also brought out processions in the capital.
Bangabandhu Sangaskritik Jote and Bangladesh Awami Muktijoddha Prajanma League formed human chains and brought out processions in the capital.
Ruling Awami League-backed student organisation Bangladesh Chhatra League took out a victory procession at the Dhaka University. Chhatra League Chittagong University unit also brought out a procession on the campus and distributed sweets among the people.
Eminent citizens also expressed their joy terming the execution 'epoch making.'
A socio-cultural organisation, Slogan'71, celebrated the occasion with a feast titled "Bijoy Bhojon" by slaughtering two bulls and two goats. They also distributed cooked food among the people.
General Secretary of the organisation Nasim Uddin said, "For the first time in Bangladesh a pair of war criminals was hanged together so we are celebrating the occasion by slaughtering two bulls and two goats."