The nation on Tuesday observed 'fearsome-horrible' 3rd November, better known as Jail Killing Day, with due solemnity commemorating the 1975 killing of four national leaders inside Dhaka Central Jail.
On November 3, 1975, the four national leaders and heroes of the country's Liberation War -- Syed Nazrul Islam, Tajuddin Ahmed, Captain Mansur Ali and AHM Quamruzzaman -- were assassinated inside the state custody.
The four leaders had played a key role in forming the Mujibnagar government in exile that led the Liberation War of 1971 with Syed Nazrul Islam as the acting president, Tajuddin Ahmed as the prime minister, Mansur Ali as the finance minister and AHM Qamruzzaman as the home, relief and rehabilitation minister.
Political parties including Awami League and its front organizations, and various socio-cultural bodies organised elaborate programmes to observe the day in a befitting manner.
According to the programme, party workers and leaders wear black badges at 6 am in the morning. Black flags hoisted at all offices of Bangladesh Awami League across the country including Bangabandhu Bhaban in Dhanbandi 32 and the central party office at Bangabandhu Avenue while the party flag kept at half-mast.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina paid rich tributes to Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman by placing wreaths at his portrait on the premises of Bangabandhu Memorial
Museum in the city's Dhanmondi in the morning marking the Day.
Sheikh Hasina first placed wreath as the Prime Minister at the portrait of Bangabadhu around 7:00 am and stood there for some time in solemn silence as a mark of respect to the architect of independent Bangladesh.
Later, flanked by central leaders of the Awami League, Sheikh Hasina, also the AL chief, placed another wreath at the portrait of Bangabandhu.
After her departure, people from all strata including AL and its associates leaders and activists placed floral wreaths at the portrait of the founding father of Bangladesh Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman at Bangabandhu Bhaban and a Milad Mahfil, feeding of the destitute also was organized on the occasion.
At 7:30 am, floral wreaths were placed at the graves of Syed nazrul Islam, Tajuddin Ahmed and Capt. Mansur Ali at their graveyards at Banani where a Milad Mahfil was also held.
On the other hand, Rajshahi Awami League and its front-organizations placed scores of wreaths on the grave of Shaheed AHM Qamaruzzaman in city's Kadirganj family graveyard.
District and city units of Awami League and its front organizations brought out a mourning procession from in front of the party office and placed wreaths on the graveyard.
AL city unit organized a discussion meeting at the party office in the afternoon with its President AHM Khairuzzaman Liton, elder son AHM Qamaruzzaman, in the chair.
Awami League General Secretary Syed Ashraful Islam, also son of national leader Syed Nazrul Islam, and Mohammad Nasim, also son of Captain M Mansur Ali, had visited Dhaka Central Jail where the four leaders were brutally killed.
Earlier, wreaths and flower petals were placed at the portraits of Bangabandhu and four national leaders by Awami League leaders, members of the martyred families and on behalf of the Home Ministry marking the Jail Killing Day.
Later, the leaders took part in a Milad Mahfil there after going round Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Memorial gallery and the museum build in memory of four national leaders.
While talking to reporters after placing wreaths Awami League Presidium Member and Health and Family Welfare Minister Mohammad Nasim said the verdict in the killing of four national leaders case would be executed by bringing back the fugitive killers from abroad.
Calling upon the countries sheltering the convicted of the Jail Killing Case to return them to Bangladesh, Mohammad Nasim said, "Those states which usually teach us democracy frequently and are loud about human rights have given shelter to the killers of Bangabandhu and four national leaders."
Earlier, in the morning, Jatiya Party (JP-Manju) Chairman and Environment and Forests Minister Anwar Hossain Manju also placed wreath at the portrait of Bangabandhu at Bangabandhu Bhaban while JP Secretary General Sheikh Shahidul Islam laid wreaths at the graves of martyrs at Banani graveyard marking the day.
Apart from AL and its associate bodies, other organisations including Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University, Awami Muktijoddha League, Bangabandhu Smrity Sangrakkhan Parishad, Swadhinata Chikitshak Parishad, Bangabandhu Parishad, Bangabandhu Sangskritik Jote, Joi Bangla Sangskritik Oikya Jote and Bangabandhu Shikkha O Gebeshana Parishad observed the day in a befitting manner.
Various programmes including Qoran Khwani, Milad Mahfil, discussions etc were organized separately at various places across the country in observance of the day, our district correspondents reported.
Earlier on Monday, AL held a mass rally at Suhrawardy Udyan on November 2, while Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair.