Dhaka – The national pays glowing tribute to Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the architect of Independent Bangladesh, to mark the 41st anniversary of his assassination.
President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina placed wreath at the portrait of the slain leader at Bangabandhu Memorial Museum in Dhaka in the morning to mark the National Mourning Day.
They stood in solemn silence in front of the portrait of Bangabandhu.
On the dawn of August 15, a group of disgruntled army officers killed Bangabandhu and most of his family at his Dhanmondi residence. The assassination of Bangabandhu is part of a deep-rooted conspiracy hatched by local and external forces.
The President and the Prime minister placed wreaths at the portrait of Bangabandhu at 6:35 am. Bangladesh Armed Forces offered an honour guard as bugle played the last post following the completion of the placing of wreaths.
A prayer was offered seeking eternal peace of the departed souls of Bangabandhu and other members of his family killed in the military putsch.
Hundreds of people thronged to the Bangabandhu museum, the then residence of the Independence architect, to pay homage to the great leader of Bangladesh.
Bangabandhu’s wife Fazilatunnesa Mujib, sons Sheikh Kamal, Sheikh Jamal and Sheikh Russell, daughters-in-law Sultana Kamal and Rosy Jamal, and sixteen others who were present at the house were also assassinated on this fateful night.
His two daughters – Sheikh Hasina, now the Prime Minister, and Sheikh Rehana – survived the attack because they were in Germany at that time in 1975.
In separate messages the President and Prime Minister recalled long and eventful political career of Bangabandhu and his immense contributions and dedication to the independent movement of Bangladesh.
Ruling Awami League, its student wing, associate bodies and other like-minded pro-liberation, democratic and progressive political parties, social, cultural and different professional organisations and associations have chalked out elaborate programmes to mark the mourning day.
The national flag was flown at half-mast atop buildings that house government, semi-government and autonomous bodies. Black flags were also hoisted.
After placing floral wreath at the Bangabandhu’s portrait, Prime Minister Hasina visited Babani graveyard where most of the victims of the August 15 massacre were laid to rest. She placed wreaths at the graves of her relatives there.
She along with the senior leaders of the ruling Awami League party then flew to Tungipara of Gopalganj district where Bangabandhu was laid to rest. Hasina offered prayer at the Bangabandhu Mausoleum.