Those killed on August 15, 1975 with Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman did not beg for their lives, says Sheikh Fazle Noor Taposh, a survivor of the attack.
“Everyone killed on that day died valiantly,” he told a seminar commemorating the National Mourning Day organised by the University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh on Sunday.
Taposh also remembered Sheikh Fazilatunnesa Mujib and his mother Shamsunnessa Arju Moni, who died beside their husbands.
Rogue army officials killed Bangladesh's founding father along with his wife, sons Sheikh Kamal, Sheikh Jamal and Sheikh Russell, daughters-in-law Sultana Kamal and Rosy Jamal, and 16 other who were present at the house.
Taposh's father Sheikh Fazlul Haque Moni and mother were also killed. Moni, a freedom fighter, journalist and politician was Bangabandhu's nephew.
Professor emeritus of ULAB Rafiqul Islam, a direct teacher of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Taposh's father, said: “They killed Bangabandhu because the killers never wanted the independence of the country.”
A documentary on the nation's independence hero was also screened at the seminar.
Taposh said Bangabandhu's killing was not only a great loss for the country but also for the nation. "It was an attack on the future of Bangladesh as well."
The nation's founding father died at the age of 55, merely four years after leading the country to freedom.
Bangabandhu's daughters Prime Minister and Awami League President Sheikh Hasina and Sheikh Rehana survived as they were in Germany at that time.
Taposh, born on November 19, 1971, is one of the survivors of the attack. He is currently an MP from Dhaka-10 constituency.
"Had Bangabandhu lived, Bangladesh would have become a developed country before Singapore," he added.
ULAB Vice Chancellor Professor Imran Rahman, Board of Trustees Vice President Dr Kazi Anis Ahmed, member Kazi Inam Ahmed, among others, were also present.
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