The day is being observed as the National Mourning Day across Bangladesh
President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina have paid tribute to Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman as the nation is observing the 44th anniversary of his martyrdom on Thursday.
President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina paid homage to the architect of the Independence by placing wreaths at the portrait of Bangabandhu in front of Bangabandhu Memorial Museum in Dhaka's Dhanmondi 32 in the morning.
The day is being observed as the National Mourning Day across Bangladesh.
As part of the state programs, the president and the prime minister laid wreaths separately at Bangabandhu's portrait.
After placing the wreaths, the president and the premier stood there in solemn silence for some time to show their deep respect for the great leader.
During that time, a smartly turned out contingent of Bangladesh Armed Forces gave state salute while the bugle played the last post.
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A munajat was offered seeking the eternal peace of 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 Bangabandhu's three close relatives were killed brutally by a cabal of army men on August 15, 1975.
Bangabandhu’s two daughters-- Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Sheikh Rehana-- escaped the carnage as they were abroad at the time of the murder.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's daughter Saima Wazed Hossain, Speaker Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury, Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain, cabinet members, Prime Minister’s advisers, the chiefs of the three services, senior leaders of Awami League and senior government officials were present.
Later, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina was flanked by party’s General Secretary Obaidul Quader and senior leaders, who placed wreaths at Bangabandhu's portrait on behalf of the Awami League.
After paying tributes to Bangabandhu, the premier visited Bangabandhu's residence at Dhanmondi 32, which witnessed the world’s most barbaric carnage on this day 44 years ago.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina spent some time in the house which now has been turned into Bangabandhu Memorial Museum.
Later, the prime minister went to Banani Graveyard where her mother Bangamata Fazilatunnesa Mujib, Sheikh Kamal, Sheikh Jamal and Sheikh Russell and other martyrs of August 15 were laid to eternal rest.
She placed floral wreaths and spread flower petals on their graves.
Sheikh Hasina also offered Fateha and doa seeking eternal peace of the departed souls of the martyrs of August 15.
PM pays homage to Bangabandhu at Tungipara
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday morning paid tributes to Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman at his mazar in Tungipara on the occasion of his 44th martyrdom anniversary and the National Mourning Day.
After placing a wreath, the prime minister stood in solemn silence for some times as a mark of profound respect to the memory of the architect of independence who was killed by a cabal of disgruntled army men on August 15, 1975 along with most of his family members.
A smartly turned out contingent drawn from the three services gave a state salute on the occasion, while bugle played the last post.
Speaker Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury, cabinet members, Awami League senior leaders, chiefs of the three services, senior civil and military officials were present at that time.
The prime minister then offered Fateha and munajat seeking eternal peace of the departed souls of the Father of the Nation, Bangamata Begum Fazilatunnesa Mujib and other martyrs of August 15, 1975 massacre.
Prayers were also offered seeking continued peace, progress and prosperity of the nation.
Later, flanked by Awami League senior leaders, Sheikh Hasina, also the ruling party’s President, placed another wreath at the mazar of Bangabandhu on behalf of the party.
Speaker Chaudhury and Chief Whip Noor-E-Alam Chowdhury also paid homage to the Father of the Nation by placing wreaths at his mazar separately.
Leaders of different associate bodies of Awami League also placed wreaths.
The prime minister, along with cabinet members and party leaders joined a milad and dua mahfil on the mazar premises marking the National Mourning Day, organized by the Cabinet Division and Gopalganj district administration.
Earlier, Sheikh Hasina arrived in Tungipara, the ancestral home of Bangabandhu, by a helicopter after placing wreaths at the portrait of Bangabandhu at Dhanmondi 32 in Dhaka as part of the national program marking the National Mourning Day.