by Staff Correspondent in Dhaka;
Bangladesh on Sunday paid glowing tribute to the father of the nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman on his 46th anniversary of assassination.
Bangabandhu and most of his were brutally assassinated by a group of disgruntled army officers on the dawn of this day in 1975 and overthrew his elected government.
The day is observed as National Mourning Day to remember Bangabandhu, the architect of Bangladesh’s independence.
The government, the ruling party and its associate bodies, and different socio-cultural organisations chalked out elaborate programme to observe the day.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Bangabandhu’s the eldest daughter who along with her sister Sheikh Rehana survived the 1975 carnage because they were abroad at that time, began the day by placing floral wreath at the portrait of the slain leader in Dhaka’s Bangabandhu Memorial Museum.
The national flag was flown half-mast at the buildings of all government, semi-government, autonomous, educational institutions and private offices to mark the day.
A prayer was also offered seeking eternal peace of the departed souls of the victims of August 15 carnage. The Prime Minister also visited the historic residence of Father of the Nation at Dhanmondi Road No. 32.
She also visited the Banani Graveyard, where her mother Bangamata Begum Fazilatunnesa Mujib, brothers Sheikh Kamal, Sheikh Jamal, and Sheikh Russel and other martyrs of August 15 were laid to rest, and placed flower petals at their graves.
Awami League General Secretary and Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader along with senior party leaders paid tributes to Bangabandhu by placing wreaths at his portrait after the premier left the premises of Bangabandhu Memorial Museum.
President M Abdul Hamid offered a prayer session at the Durbar Hall of the his Bangabhaban residence in the afternoon marking the National Mourning Day.
Different political, social and cultural organizations also paid homage to Bangabandhu by placing wreaths at his mausoleum at Tungipara in Gopalganj.
Free medical camps were provided among poor patients at public and private hospitals across the country marking the day.
Bangladesh Betar and Bangladesh Television aired special programmes highlighting the life and contribution of Bangabandhu. National newspapers and magazines published special supplements on the occasion.