Ruling Awami League, its associate bodies and other political parties chalked out various programs to mark the day
Bangladesh on Tuesday paid glowing tributes to four national leaders and heroes of the Liberation War of 1971— Syed Nazrul Islam, Tajuddin Ahmed, Captain M Mamnsur Ali and AHM Quamaruzzaman — while recalling their gruesome assassinations inside the high security Dhaka Central Jail on November 3, 1975.
The assailants in the August 15, 1975 carnage, with the support of their political patron Khandaker Mushtaq Ahmed, gunned down the four captive leaders and top associates of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
History suggests two units of Bangladesh Army’s tank and artillery regiments staged the August 15 carnage and the subsequent jail killing.
In face of the global Covid-19 pandemic, Jail Killing Day this year was observed across the country through various programs held on a limited scale while maintaining health guidelines.
Ruling Awami League, its associate bodies and various other organizations observed the day in a befitting manner through daylong programmes.
Awami League’s programs started with the lowering of the national and party flags to half-mast and the hoisting black flags at Bangabandhu Bhaban and Awami League offices across the country, including its central office, at dawn.
Around 8am, Awami League General Secretary and Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader paid homage to Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman on behalf of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina by placing a wreath at the portrait of Bangabandhu in front of Bangabandhu Memorial Museum at Dhanmondi- 32.
Later, flanked by central leaders of the party, Quader placed another wreath at the portrait of Bangabandhu.
Awami League Presidium Members Begum Matia Chowdhury, Dr Abdur Razzaque, Advocate Abdul Matin Khasru and Jahangir Kabir Nanak, Joint General Secretaries Mahbubul Alam Hanif and AFM Bahauddin Nasim, Organizing Secretaries Ahmed Hossain, BM Mozammel Haque, Advocate Afzal Hossain and Mirza Azam, Office Secretary Barrister Biplab Barua, Relief and Social Welfare Affairs Secretary Sujit Roy Nandi, Labor and Manpower Affairs Secretary Habibur Rahman Siraj, Science and Technology Affairs Secretary Engineer Md Abdus Sabur, Health and Population Affairs Secretary Dr Rokeya Sultana, central working committee member Dr Mostofa Jalal Mohiuddin and other central leaders of the party were present on the occasion.
Later, the leaders and workers of Awami League’s associate bodies, including its Dhaka city south and north units, Awami Jubo League, Chhatra League, Mohila Awami League, Sramik League, Krishak League, Jubo Mohila League and Swechchasebok League, as well as other socio-cultural organisations, paid homage to Bangabandhu and the four national leaders by placing wreaths at the portrait of Bangabandhu.
The AL leaders also placed wreaths at the graves of the three national leaders at Banani graveyard and offered fateha. A milad mahfil and special munajat were also held.
Similar programmes were observed at Kadirganj in Rajshahi, where AHM Kamaruzzaman was laid to rest.
Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal paid homage to Bangabandhu and the four national leaders in the morning by placing wreaths at the Bangabandhu Memorial Museum and the Four National Leaders Memorial Museum at the old Central Jail.
AHM Ehsanuzzaman, son of AHM Quamaruzzaman, Rezaul Karim, son of Captain M Mamnsur Ali, Dr Syeda Zakia Nur Lipi, daughter of Syed Nazrul Islam, AL central working committee member Dr Mostofa Jalal Mohiuddin and lawmaker from Dhaka-7 constituency Haji Selim were present on the occasion, among others.
A discussion to mark the day was held at the Awami League central office on Bangabandhu Avenue in Dhaka around 3.30pm. Prime Minister and Awami League President Sheikh Hasina addressed the discussion through video conference.
AL General Secretary Obaidul Quader delivered the welcome speech at the discussion conducted by Publicity and Publication Secretary Dr Abdus Sobhan Golap.
A doa and special munajat was offered at the Baitul Mukarram National Mosque after Zohr prayers, seeking divine blessings and praying for the eternal peace of the departed souls of the four national leaders.
Pesh Imam of the national mosque Mawlana Mohiuddin Kashem conducted the munajat.