'Vested quarters tried to propagate that the August 15 killing was an incident against a family, [but] their true objective was caught through the killings on November 3'
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Tuesday said the killings on August 15 and November 3 in 1975 prove that there was a conspiracy against independence and the people of the country.
"Vested quarters tried to propagate that the August 15 killing was an incident against a family, [but] their true objective was caught through the killings on November 3," she said.
The prime minister made the remarks while virtually addressing a discussion organized by Awami League at the Awami League Central Office on Bangabandhu Avenue to mark Jail Killing Day.
Sheikh Hasina attended the program from her official residence, Ganabhaban, and presided over the discussion as the president of Awami League.
On November 3, 1975, the killers of Bangabandhu stormed the Dhaka Central Jail in the early hours and assassinated four national leaders -- Tajuddin Ahmed, Syed Nazrul Islam, Captain Mansur Ali and AHM Quamruzzaman. In the absence of Bangabandhu, the national leaders led Bangladesh to victory during the Liberation War of 1971.
Sheikh Hasina said those who could not accept the independence of Bangladesh and their associates were involved in and masterminded the killings.
"It was a political conspiracy against independence and the people of the country. It proves that their aim was to change the ideals of the Liberation War," she said.
Sheikh Hasina said then-General Ziaur Rahman was the right-hand man of Mostaque Ahmed in the conspiracy.
"Killer Mostaque conspired [and] it became clear when he made General Ziaur Rahman, who was with him, the army chief. So, it [becomes] naturally clear that Ziaur Rahman was the right-hand man of Mostaque," she said.
She also mentioned that, after these killings, the country deviated from the spirit of the Liberation War.
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The prime minister said that it was an irony of history that killer Mostaque could not survive in power for long like Mir Zafar. He was ousted by Ziaur Rahman when he proclaimed himself as the chief administrator and army chief at the same time.
She said Ziaur Rahman contaminated the polling system of the country through his “Yes-No” vote and president vote during his regime.
She also said Ziaur Rahman tried to form a political party by giving a share of power to the vested quarter.
“A party formed this way cannot give anything to the nation, they just planted the seeds of corruption in the country," she said, adding that those who come to power illegally by violating the constitution cannot give the country democracy.
She mentioned that the main aim of Ziaur Rahman, Ershad and Khaleda Zia was to create anarchy and conflict in the country through corruption, terrorism, militancy and killings to remain in power.
On the other hand, the Awami League president said Awami League’s origins are deeply rooted at the grassroots level.
"The strength of the roots of the party is very high. Whenever the Awami League comes to power, it always works for the interest, welfare and good of the people. When this party is in power, the elite class does not get benefits, benefits go to the doorsteps of the grassroots people," she said.
She also said Awami League always comes to power with the people’s votes, and attempts to remove the party only made its roots stronger.
She reiterated that drives against terrorism, militancy, drugs and corruption will continue.
"We are working for the welfare of the people and this will continue. The country has been liberated to change the fate of the people," she said.
Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader also spoke at the program from the Awami League Central Office, while Publicity and Publication Secretary Dr Abdus Sobhan Golap conducted the program from the Ganabhaban side.
A minute’s silence was observed at the beginning of the program to show respect to all martyrs from the Language Movement, Liberation War, Jail Killing Day, August 15, 1975 and other pro-democratic movements.