The day is being observed as National Mourning Day
President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina have led the nation in paying homage to Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman—marking the 43rd anniversary of his martyrdom.
They paid homage to the architect of Bangladesh’s independence by placing wreaths at the portrait of Bangabandhu in front of the Bangabandhu Memorial Museum, on Dhanmondi Road No 32, in Dhaka, on Wednesday morning.
The day is being observed as National Mourning Day, reports UNB.
As part of the state program, the president and the prime minister each laid wreaths at the portrait of Bangabandhu.
After placing wreaths, they 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 at that time, while a bugle played a dirge.
Munajat was offered—seeking eternal peace for the departed souls of the August 15 carnage.
Bangabandhu; his spouse Sheikh Fazilatun Nesa Mujib; his three sons—Sheikh Kamal, Sheikh Jamal, and Sheikh Russell; 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.
Sheikh Rehana, the youngest daughter of Bangabandhu, Speaker Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury, Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain, cabinet members, the 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 Awami League, flanked by party’s General Secretary Obaidul Kader, and senior leaders, placed wreaths at the portrait of Bangabandhu on behalf of the Awami League.
After paying tributes to Bangabandhu, Sheikh Hasina, along with her sister Rehana, visited the historic residence of Bangabandhu on Dhanmondi Road; it was the site of 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 Fazilatun Nesa Mujib, Sheikh Kamal, Sheikh Jamal, Sheikh Russell, 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 fateha and doa, seeking eternal peace for the departed souls of the martyrs.