National Mourning Day Observed
Call to form commission to identify actors behind Bangabandhu murder
Published : Friday, 16 August, 2019 at 12:00 AM Count : 534
The nation on Thursday commemorated the iconic leadership of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman who bridged all strata of people of this land to achieve the much-cherished independence on his 44th martyrdom anniversary and the National Mourning Day.
On the fateful day, the people also raised their voice to unearth the involvement of actors behind the scene by forming a high-profile investigation commission. On 15th August in 1975, Bangabandhu and most of his family members were assassinated by a cabal of disgruntled military men. However, no forces came in aid to rescue the nation's founding father and his family members.
Eighteen members of his family, including Bangamata Sheikh Fazilatunnesa Mujib, three sons -Capt Sheikh Kamal, Lt Sheikh Jamal and 10-year-old Sheikh Russel, two daughters-in-law Sultana Kamal and Rosy Jamal, brother Sheikh Naser, peasant leader Abdur Rab Serniabat, youth leader Sheikh Fazlul Haq Moni and his wife Arzu Moni, Baby Serniabat, Sukanta Babu, Arif and Abdul Nayeem Khan Rintu, among others, were killed on that fateful night.
Bangabandhu's Military Secretary Col Jamil was also killed. Several members of a family in the capital's Mohammadpur area were killed by artillery shells fired by the killers on the same day.
His two daughters - Sheikh Hasina, now the Prime Minister, and Sheikh Rehana - luckily survived the massacre as they were abroad at that time.
The government, various socio-cultural, political and professional organisations, including ruling Awami League and its associate bodies, chalked out programmes to observe the day.
Marking this day, President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina urged everyone to work together for building a happy and prosperous Bangladesh by completing the unfinished tasks of Bangabandhu.
They paid homage to the nation's Independence hero by placing wreaths at the portrait of Bangabandhu in front of Bangabandhu Memorial Museum
at Dhanmondi Road No 32 in the capital in the morning.
After placing the wreaths separately, they stood there in solemn silence for some time showing deep respect to the great leader.
A smartly turned out contingent of Bangladesh Armed Forces gave state salute at that time, while the bugle played the last post. A munajat was offered seeking the eternal peace of the departed souls of the August 15 carnage.
Saima Wazed Hossain, daughter of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Speaker Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury, Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain, cabinet members, Prime Minister's advisors, chiefs of three services, senior leaders of Awami League and 14-Party and senior government officials were present.
Later, Sheikh Hasina, also the President of Bangladesh Awami League, flanked by party's General Secretary Obaidul Quader and senior leaders placed wreath at the portrait of Bangabandhu on behalf of the Awami League.
After paying tributes to Bangabandhu, the Prime Minister along with her daughter Saima Wazed Hossain visited the historic residence of Bangabandhu at Dhanmondi Road No 32 which witnessed the world's most barbaric carnage on this day 44 years ago.
Sheikh Hasina stayed in the house, which has now been turned into Bangabandhu Memorial Museum. From Dhanmondi, the Prime Minister later went to Banani Graveyard where her mother Bangamata Fazilatun Nesa Mujib, brothers Sheikh Kamal, Sheikh Jamal and Sheikh Russell and other martyrs of August 15 were laid to eternal rest.
The Prime Minister placed floral wreaths and spread flower petals on their graves. She also offered Fateha and doa seeking eternal peace of the departed souls of the martyrs of August 15.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina paid rich tributes to Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman by placing a wreath at his mazar here this morning on the occasion of his 44th martyrdom anniversary and the National Mourning Day.
After laying the wreath, the Prime Minister stood in solemn silence for some time as a mark of profound respect to the memory of the architect of the independence, who was brutally killed by some disgruntled army men on the dreadful night of August 15 in 1975 along with most of his family members.
A smartly turned out contingent drawn from the three services gave a state salute on the occasion, while bugles played the last post. Chiefs of the three services were present at that time.
The Prime Minister then offered Fateha and joined a munajat at the mazar seeking eternal peace of the departed souls of the Father of the Nation, Bangamata Begum Fazilatunnesa Mujib and other martyrs of August 15 in 1975 massacre.
Prayers were also offered seeking continued peace, progress and prosperity of the nation. Jatiya Sangsad Speaker Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury, Awami League (AL) Advisory Council Members Amir Hossain Amu, Tofail Ahmed and Rashidul Alam, its Presidium Members Begum Matia Chowdhury, Sheikh Fazlul Karim Selim and Muhammad Faruk Khan, Liberation War Affairs Minister AKM Mozammel Haque, Road Transport and Bridges Minister and AL General Secretary Obaidul Quader, Agriculture Minister Dr Abdur Razzaque, Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal, Information Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud, Local Government Minister Tazul Islam, Health Minister Zahid Maleque, Food Minister Sadhan Chandra Mazumdar, Jatiya Sangsad Chief Whip Noor-e-Alam Chowdhury Liton, AL Joint Secretaries Mahbub-ul Alam Hanif, Jahangir Kabir Nanak and Abdur Rahman, Organizing Secretaries AFM Bahauddin Nasaim and BM Mozammel Haque, State Minister for Shipping Khalid Mahmud Chowdhury, Deputy Minister for Water Resources AKM Enamul Haque Shamim, Deputy Minister for Education Barrister Mohibul Hasan Chowdhury Nowfel, former minister Engineer Mosharraf Hossain, MP, Abul Hasnat Abdullah, MP, Shahjahan Khan, MP, Sheikh Helal Uddin, MP, Mirza Azam, MP, and Sheikh Tanmoy, MP, and AL central leaders Advocate Afzal Hussain, Dr Abdus Sobhan Golap, SM Kamal Hossain, Barrister Biplab Barua were present on the occasion, among others.
Besides, PM's Security Adviser Maj Gen (retd) Tariq Ahmed Siddiq, Cabinet Secretary Mohammad Shafiul Alam, PM's Principal Secretary Md Nojibur Rahman, Principal Coordinator on SDG Md Abul Kalam Azad, Inspector General of Police Dr Mohammad Javed Patwary, PMO Secretary Sajjadul Hassan, Information Secretary Abdul Malek, PM's Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim and high civil and military officials were present.
Later, flanked by senior Awami League (AL) leaders, Sheikh Hasina, also the AL president, placed another wreath at the mazar of Bangabandhu on behalf of the party.
The Prime Minister along with cabinet members, party leaders and workers joined a milad and doa mahfil on the mazar premises marking the National Mourning Day, organised by the cabinet division and Gopalganj district administration.
Saima Wazed Hossain, daughter of the Prime Minister, was also present on the occasion. Later, the Prime Minister joined a Milad and Doa mahfil arranged by Mahila Awami League in the city.
She will join a discussion to be arranged by the Awami League in the city today (Friday).