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Bangladesh observes National Mourning Day

  • Published at 02:03 am August 15th, 2018
File photo of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Focus Bangla

On this day 43 years ago, Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was assassinated along with most of his family members

Bangladesh observed National Mourning Day on Wednesday, marking the 43rd anniversary of the assassination of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina led the nation in paying homage to the father of the nation by placing wreaths in the morning at the portrait of Bangabandhu, in front of the Bangabandhu Memorial Museum on Dhanmondi Road No 32 in Dhaka, reports UNB.

After placing wreaths, the president and prime minister stood in solemn silence for some time, showing their respect for the great leader.

A smartly turned-out contingent of the Bangladesh Armed Forces gave a state salute, while a bugle played a dirge.

Munajat was offered, seeking eternal peace for the departed souls of the August 15 carnage.

A number of political parties of the country also paid tribute to Bangabandhu by organizing various programs throughout the day.

Bangabandhu, his spouse Sheikh Fazilatunnesa Mujib, his three sons, Sheikh Kamal, Sheikh Jamal, and Sheikh Russel, and most of the family members of three of his close relatives, were killed in cold blood on August 15, 1975, by a group of disgruntled army men.

Two of Bangabandhu’s daughters, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and her sister Sheikh Rehana, escaped the carnage as they were abroad at the time.

Bangabandhu’s military secretary, Col Jamil Uddin Ahmad (Bir Uttam), who was posthumously promoted to the rank of Brigadier General, was also killed during the massacre. Some members of a family in Dhaka’s Mohammadpur were also killed by artillery shells fired by the killers on the same day.

Sheikh Rehana, the youngest daughter of Bangabandhu, Speaker Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury, Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain, Cabinet members, the prime minister’s advisers, chiefs of the three armed services, senior leaders of Awami League and the 14-Party alliance, and senior government officials, were present at the National Mourning Day program.

Later, Sheikh Hasina, also the president of Awami League, flanked by her party’s general secretary, Obaidul Quader, and other senior leaders, placed wreaths at the portrait of Bangabandhu on behalf of the Awami League.

After paying tributes to Bangabandhu, Sheikh Hasina and her sister Rehana visited the historic residence of Bangabandhu on Dhanmondi Road 32,  site of the barbaric carnage on this day 43 years ago.

They stayed in the house, which has now been turned into the Bangabandhu Memorial Museum, for some time.

Later, the prime minister went to the Banani graveyard, where her mother, Bangamata Fazilatunnesa Mujib, brothers Sheikh Kamal, Sheikh Jamal and Sheikh Russel, and other martyrs of August 15 were laid to eternal rest.

Sheikh Hasina and Sheikh Rehana placed floral wreaths and spread flower petals on their graves.

They also offered Sura Fateha and doa, seeking eternal peace for the departed souls of the martyrs.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina subsequently paid her respects to Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in Tungipara, Gopalganj.

She placed a floral wreath at the grave of Bangladesh’s founding father yesterday morning. The prime minister then stood in solemn silence.

A smartly turned-out contingent gave a guard of honour as a bugle played the Last Post.

Sheikh Hasina, Sheikh Rehana, and others, held a special prayer for the August 15 victims.

Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader paid tribute to Bangabandhu on behalf of the party. Speaker Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury also paid tribute, followed by the ruling party’s Gopalganj units and associate organizations.

Ministers, parliament members, chiefs of the three forces, senior Awami League leaders, senior military and civil officers, were also present.

The prime minister joined a special prayer at the mausoleum to mark National Mourning Day, organized by the cabinet division and the Gopalganj district administration.

Sheikh Hasina flew back to Dhaka around 12:30 pm.

Bangladesh Mohila Awami League arranged a milad and doa mahfil in front of the Bangabandhu Memorial Museum at Dhanmondi Road 32 in the capital after Asr prayers.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Sheikh Rehana, the PM’s daughter, Saima Wazed Hossain Putul, and her husband Khandakar Mashroor Hossain, Sheikh Rehana’s son, Radwan Mujib Siddiq Bobby, as well as other family members and relatives of the prime minister, joined the milad.

Jessore 3 lawmaker Kazi Nabil Ahmed observed National Mourning Day by placing floral wreaths at Bangabandhu’s mural in the city’s Bakultala area around 8:30am, paying homage to the country’s founding father along with the locals.  

The national flag was lowered to half mast on government, autonomous, semi-autonomous, educational institutions, private buildings, and Bangladesh missions abroad.

Bangladesh missions abroad also observed the day with elaborate programs.