Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Saturday categorically said the August 15 carnage was not just a strike on a family only, but its main aim was to take revenge against the establishment of a country and state through defeating Pakistani occupation forces in the Liberation War.
"The massacre on August 15 was carried out on a family only, but in the true sense, it was not just on a family," she said while speaking at a blood donation programme organised by Bangladesh Krishak League on the premises of Bangabandhu Memorial Museum in the city marking the National Mourning Day.
The Prime Minister described the assassination of Bangabandhu along with most of his family members on August 15, 1975 as a strike against the victory of the Bangalee nation, its emergence and establishment of a state and as a revenge of the defeat of Pakistani occupation forces in the Liberation War.
"The main objective of the killing was to take revenge of the defeat in the Liberation War," she said.
In this connection, she mentioned that the massacre was carried out to ensure that the Bangalee nation would never be able to stand keeping its head always high.
"This was proved once again through the brutal killing of four national leaders, who fought the Liberation War as per the directives and planning of Bangabandhu and won it, in jail," she said.
Health and Family Welfare Minister Mohammad Nasim, local MP Sheikh Fazle Noor Taposh, AL agriculture secretary Dr Abdur Razzaque and Bangladesh Krishak League general secretary Advocate Khandaker Shamshul Huq Reza also spoke at the programme with Bangladesh Krishak League president Alhaj Mohammad Motahar Hossain Mollah in the chair.