Dhaka – The month of mourning begins Saturday to recall the most brutal assassination of Bangladesh’s independence architect Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and most of his family 45 years ago.
The nation observes the month-long mourning to remember the towering Bangladeshi figure who laid his life for the cause of his beloved people.
A disgruntled group of army officer brutally killed Bangabandhu and 16 of his family in the most brutal assassination of the history on the fateful night of August 15, 1975.
The deceased include Begum Fazilatunnesa Mujib, the wife of Bangabandhu, sons Sheikh Kamla, Sheikh Jamal and Sheikh Russel, daughters-in-law Sultana Kamal and Rosy Jamal, Bangabandhu’s brother Sheikh Naser, brother-in-law Abdur Rab Serniabad, nephew Sheikh Fazlul Huq Moni and his pregnant wife Arzoo Moni, and then military secretary Colonel Jamil.
His two daughters Sheikh Hasina and Sheikh Rehana survived the massacre as they stayed out of the country on that day, forcing them to stay in exile for a long time.
The world condemned the killing of Bangabandhu. The massacre descended a pall of gloom and spread a sense of deep sadness among the people in Bangladesh and across the globe.
The government and the ruling Awami League party chalked out month-long programme to remember the poet of politics. The programme gets special attention this year as the nation is celebrating the birth centenary of Bangabandhu.
Different political and socio-cultural organisations have also chalked out programmes.
Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader urged all level party leaders and activists and associate bodies as well as political, cultural and social organizations to observe the day with solemnity, maintaining the social distancing in wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
He also urged all the party units to observe the month of mourning coinciding with the central programmes.
Awami Swechchasebak League (ASL) and Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) will start the month-long mourning programmes by bringing out a torch procession in the city streets marching towards Bangabandhu Memorial Museum at Dhanmondi 32 in the city in the early hours of Saturday.
Quader will inaugurate voluntary blood donation, plasma collection and tree plantation programmes virtually to be organized by Swechchasebak League in front of Bangabandhu Memorial Museum in the afternoon.
Dhaka south and north units of AL will hold a special prayers seeking eternal peace of the departed souls of 15 August martyrs after the Eid-al-Adha congregations.