A shame that will never go away for Bangladeshis is the killing of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman on this day in 1975 along with most of his family members.
Have we ever realised the other shame linked to the brutal killings? It is the Indemnity Act of 1975 that constitutionally barred the trial of the killers — a group of wayward army officers and soldiers.
Bangabandhu’s two surviving daughters – Minister Sheikh Hasina and Sheikh Rehana — often say and rightly so, that “we could never think that our father will be killed by the Bengalis.”
In fact, when Bangabandhu was warned that a conspiracy was being hatched against him, he always said confidently “No Bengali will ever kill me.” But they did.
One of the greatest leaders of the world of all times, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman lived modestly in his own residence at Dhanmondi, Road 32 in Dhaka guarded by negligible number of armed men because of his strong belief he was safe with his people for whom he fought all his life and gave them an independent Bangladesh.
However, he forgot there might be “Mir Zafars” and he needed to stay under full-proof security blanket. What is even sadder is none took the step to ensure proper security for a man who had enemies abroad and naturally they had hired men among the Bengalis, as was proven in later years.
We hope that concerned organisations has taken full-proof security for Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, who herself should be cautious because men like Shahed Karim, king of fraud, was in the guest list of the president and prime minister.
The Indemnity Ordinance gave birth to impunity in such crimes as well as extra judicial killings. It is a shame none other but it was annulled by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in 1996. Half of those sentenced to death have been executed. That closed a shameful chapter of our history, but the shame will never go away.
On this black day of National Mourning Day we would like to ask all Bangladeshis do not be ungrateful to this great leader and give him the due respect. Give up politics of lies.
On this day we salute and pay our homage to Bangabandhu. May he and his family members rest in eternal peace.