Dhaka – The nation paid glowing homage to architect of Bangladesh’s independence Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujobur Rahman on the 43rd anniversary of his assassination.
President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday led the nation in paying homage to Father of the Nation by placing wreaths at the portrait of Bangabandhu in front of Bangabandhu Memorial Museum at Dhanmondi Road No. 32 in Dhaka.
The day is being observed as the National Mourning Day.
A group of disgruntled army officers killed Bangabandhu and most of his family on the fateful night of August 15, 1975. The self-confessed killers of August 15 assassinated Bangabandhu and 16 other members of his family, friends and relatives.
They include his wife Begum Fazilatunnesa Mujib, sons Sheikh Kamal, Sheikh Jamal and Sheikh Russell, daughters-in-law Sultana Kamal and Rosy Jamal, brother Sheikh Naser, brother-in-law Abdur Rab Serniabat, nephew and eminent journalist Sheikh Fazlul Huq Moni, his pregnant wife Arzoo Moni and Colonel Jamil.
Bangabandhu’s two daughters – Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Sheikh Rehana – could escape the carnage as they were staying abroad at this time.
After placing wreaths, the President and the Prime Minister stood in solemn silence for sometime showing respect to the great leader of the Bengali nation.
A smartly turned out contingent of Bangladesh Armed Forces gave state salute at that time, while bugle played tune of grief and somber to the last post.
Prayers were offered seeking eternal peace of the departed souls of the August 15 carnage.
Sheikh Rehana, Speaker Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury, Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain, cabinet members, Prime Minister’s advisors, chiefs of three services, senior leaders of Awami League and 14-Party and senior government officials were present.
Later, Hasina, also the President of Awami League, flanked by the party leaders placed wreath at the portrait of Bangabandhu on behalf of the Awami League.
She along with her sister visited the historic residence of Bangabandhu at Dhanmondi after paying respect. They stayed for some times in the house which now has been turned into Bangabandhu Memorial Museum.
Later, the Prime Minister went to Banani Graveyard where her mother Bangamata Fazilatun Nesa Mujib, brothers Sheikh Kamal, Sheikh Jamal and Sheikh Russell and other martyrs of August 15 were laid to eternal rest.
She also offered Fateha and doa seeking eternal peace of the departed souls of the martyrs of August 15.