by Staff Correspondent in Dhaka;
Leaders and activists of the ruling Awami League and its front wings have paid homage to Sheikh Kamal, one of the slain sons of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, on his 72nd birthday on Thursday.
Kamal, the eldest son of Bangabandhu, was born on this day in 1949 at Tungipara of Gopalganj. He was assassinated along with his father and most other family members when a group of disgruntled army officers killed Bangabandhu on August 15, 1975.
Kamal was a former executive member of the central committee of Bangladesh Chhatra League, the student wing of Awami League
Different sports and socio-cultural organizations including the ruling Awami League have taken elaborate programmes to observe the day, maintaining the health protocols strictly.
The AL and its associate bodies paid homage to Kamal by placing floral wreaths at his portrait on the premises of Abahani Club at Dhanmondi in the morning. Floral wreaths were laid at his grave at Banani Graveyard.
Abahani Limited has also chalked out programmes to celebrate the birth anniversary of the club founder.
The directors, officials and players of Abahani Club Limited also paid tribute to Kamal by placing flowers at his portrait at the club premises.
After passing secondary examination from Shahin School and higher secondary exam from Dhaka College, Kamal obtained his Bachelor of Arts from the Social Science Department of Dhaka University.
He was also a student of Setar musical department of Chayanat, a reputed cultural entity in the country.
Kamal was not only the founder of Abahani Krira Chakra, he was also a founder-member of Dhaka Theatre. He was well known as an actor in the Dhaka University’s drama arena. Kamal was enthusiastic about different sports including football, cricket, hockey and basket-ball.
Kamal was commissioned in the Muktibahini after receiving training from first war course in the independent Bangladesh and served as ADC of General MAG Osmani, the commander-in-chief of the Liberation War in 1971.
After the country’s independence, Kamal went to retirement from the army and paid attention to his study. He was a Master’s (final year) examinee and a member of the Jatiya Chhatra League central committee, a wing of Bangladesh Krishak, Sramik Awami League (BAKSAL), when he embraced martyrdom on August 15 in 1975 at the age of 26.