Dhaka – Bangladesh on Tuesday remembered its independence architect Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman to mark national mourning day on the 42nd anniversary of his assassination by a group of disgruntled army officers.
President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina paid glowing tribute to the slain Bangladeshi leader, who stood as Father of the Nation after Bangladesh came victorious after a nine month’s armed struggle against Pakistan, with the day break at Bangabandhu Museum in Dhaka’s Dhanmondi.
Leaders of the ruling Awami League, its front organizations, other political parties, social and cultural organizations also paid floral wreaths at the portrait of Bangabandhu.
The self-confessed killers gunned down Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib and most of his family at his Dhanmondi residence on the fateful night of August 15, 1975
Prime Minister Hasina, the eldest daughter of Bangabandhu, escaped the planned assassination with her sister Sheikh Rehana as they were staying overseas at that time.
The Prime Minister flew to Tungipara, the ancestral home of Bangabandhu where he was laid to rest after the assassination, also place wreath at the grave of Mujib.
She stood in solemn silence for sometime as a mark of respect to the memory of the architect of the independence. A smartly turned out contingent drawn from the three services gave a state salute on the occasion, while bugle played the last post.
Chiefs of the three services were present at that time.
The Prime Minister was accompanied by her sister Sheikh Rehana to offer prayer at the grave seeking eternal peace of departed souls of the martyrs of August 15, 1975 massacre.
Speaker of the Jatiya Sangsad Speaker Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury, Deputy Speaker Fazley Rabbi Mian, ministers and leaders of the ruling party were also there.
Different units of ruling Awami League brought out mourning processions with its activists wearing black dresses or black batches across Bangladesh. Special meals were served for the destitute on the occasion of the mourning day.
People from all walks of life wearing black badges thronged the Bangabandhu Memorial Museum to pay homage to Bangabandhu by placing wreaths at his portrait there.
In line with the national programme, different ministries and departments, directorates and agencies organized various programmes at their respective institutions.
Similarly, all city corporations, district councils, municipalities and union councils are holding different programmes to observe the day with due respect and solemnity.
The national flag was flown half-mast atop the offices of all government, semi-government and autonomous bodies and educational institutions. The day is public holiday.
Bangladesh missions abroad have arranged discussions to highlight the Bangabandu’s contribution in nation building.
The Awami League kept the national flag and the party flag at half-mast while black flags were hoisted at the Bangabandhu Bhaban and all other offices of the party.
The party will organize a discussion meeting at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre (BICC) at 4 pm Wednesday with party president Sheikh Hasina in the chair.
Bangladesh Betar, Bangladesh Television, private TV channels and radio stations aired special programmes in observance of the National Mourning day while newspapers brought out special supplements on the occasion.
Special prayers were offered at all mosques across the country seeking eternal peace of the departed souls of Bangabandhu and his family members.