Rbd Desk :
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday, paid her respects to to Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and four national leaders to mark the Jail Killing Day.
Sheikh Hasina first laid a wreath as the PM at the portrait of Bangabandhu around 7:00am. After placing the wreath, she stood in solemn silence there for some time as a mark of profound respect to the memories of the national leaders.
Awami League Advisory Council Member Tofail Ahmed, Presidium Members Begum Matia Chowdhury, Mohammad Nasim, Kazi Zafarullah, Nurul Islam Nahid, Advocate Sahara Khatun, Dr Abdur Razzak and Muhammad Faruk Khan, General Secretray Obaidul Quader and Joint Secretaries Mahbubul Alam Hanif and Jahangir Kabir Nanak and other central leaders of the party were present.
Later, flanked by central leaders of the party, Sheikh Hasina placed another wreath as the president of Awami League at the portrait of Bangabandhu.
President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina have issued separate messages on the day.
The President said, “The aim of the killers was to erase the ideals of the Liberation War from the spirit of the young generation apart from the rise of undemocratic autocratic rule.”
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said, “The killing of the four national leaders was the continuation of the killing of father of the nation with his family. Through it the conspirators carried an evil effort to destroy the spirit of Liberation War by erasing the name of Awami League.”
Awami League, its associate bodies and other political parties have chalked out elaborate programmes to mark the day.
The programmes include hoisting of national flag half-mast, hoisting of party flags, wearing black badges, offering fateha at the graves of the four leaders at Banani graveyard at 8 am.
The ruling party will organize a memorial meeting marking the day at Krishibid Institution at 3 pm with Prime Minister and Awami League president Sheikh Hasina in the chair.
Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader on Wednesday in a statement urged all to observe the day with due solemnity.
On November 3, 1975, four national leaders and heroes of the country’s 1971 Liberation War — Syed Nazrul Islam, Tajuddin Ahmad, Captain Mansur Ali and AHM Quamruzzaman — were assassinated inside the Dhaka Central Jail.
The four leaders played a key role in forming the Mujibnagar government in exile that led the Liberation War of 1971 with Syed Nazrul Islam as the acting president, Tajuddin Ahmad as the prime minister, Mansur Ali as the finance minister and AHM Qamruzzaman as the home, relief and rehabilitation minister.