President Abdul Hamid on Wednesday visited Rajshahi Central Jail where he was detained in 1977 as a political prisoner.
The President reached Rajshahi in the afternoon by a helicopter on a two-day official tour and visited the Rajshahi Central Jail later in the afternoon.
He first visited ‘Division Ward’ (now Mohanada) of the jail where he had to spend seven months in 1977. Later, the President visited cell No 20 and the condemned cell of the jail.
President Hamid recalled the memories of his other political inmates, including former general secretary of Awami League Abdul Jalil and former party leader Amjad Hossain who were also imprisoned with him.
Hamid said the jail authorities then shifted him to the condemned cell for four days as punishment.
Later, the President planted a wood apple sapling in front of the Division Cell, and signed the entry book and visitor’s book of the jail.
On Thursday, Hamid will attend a function of Para Commando Battalion of Bangladesh Army at Rajshahi Cantonment.
He will then visit the T-dam on the Padma River banks.
On his arrival at Rajshahi Cantonment, Army Chief General Abu Belal Muhammad Shafiul Huq welcomed the President.
President Hamid will return to the capital on Thursday.