National Mourning Day observed with due respect

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The nation on Sunday (15th August) observed the National Mourning Day and 46th martyrdom anniversary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman amid different programmes with due respect.

Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and most of his family members were brutally killed by some disgruntled army men on the fateful night of August 15, 1975 and this carnage is touted as the ugliest chapter of the nation’s history.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, the eldest daughter of Bangabandhu, escaped the planned assassination with her sister Sheikh Rehana as they were staying overseas then.

The government took elaborate programmes to observe the day with due respect and solemnity, maintaining health guidelines.

As part of the programme, the national flag was hoisted half-mast at the buildings of all government, semi-government, autonomous, educational institutions and private offices.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina paid rich tribute to Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, marking the National Mourning Day and the 46th anniversary of his martyrdom.

As part of the state program, the Prime Minister paid homage to the architect of the country’s independence by placing wreath at the portrait of Bangabandhu in front of Bangabandhu Memorial Museum at Dhanmondi Road No 32 in the capital in the morning.

After placing wreath, the premier stood in solemn silence for some time showing profound respect to the great leader.

A smartly turned out contingent of Bangladesh Armed Forces gave a state salute at that time, while the bugle played a tune of grief and somber to the last post.

A munajat was also offered seeking eternal peace of the departed souls of the August 15 carnage.

Later, the Prime Minister visited the historic residence of Father of the Nation at Dhanmondi Road No. 32 which witnessed the world’s most barbaric carnage on this day 46 years back.

Sheikh Hasina stayed in the house, which has now been turned into Bangabandhu Memorial Museum, for a while.

From Dhanmondi, the Premier later went to 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 eternal rest.

The Prime Minister placed wreaths and spread flower petals on their graves. She also offered Fateha and prayed for eternal peace of the departed souls of the martyrs of August 15.

Awami League General Secretary and Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader along with senior party leaders paid glowing tributes to Bangabandhu by placing wreaths at his portrait after the premier left the premises of Bangabandhu Memorial Museum.

Awami League Presidium Members Begum Matia Chowdhury, Dr Abdur Razzaque, Shajahan Khan, Jahangir Kabir Nanak and Abdur Rahman, Joint General Secretary and Information and Broadcasting Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud, Joint General Secretaries Mahbubul Alam Hanif, Dr Dipu Moni and AFM Bahauddin Nasim, Organizing Secretaries Ahmed Hossain, Abu Saeed Al Mahmud Swapan, Mirza Azam, SM Kamal Hossain and Advocate Afjal Hossain, Liberation Affairs Secretary Mrinal Kanti Das, Cultural
Affairs Secretary Ashim Kumar Ukil, Publicity Secretary Dr Abdus Sobhan Golap, Science and Technology Affairs Secretary Engineer Abdus Sabur, Forest and Environment Secretary Delwar Hossain and Office Secretary Biplab Barua, among others, were present.

Dhaka city north and south units of AL, Krishak League, Mohila Awami League, Jubo League, Jatiya Sramik League, Jubo Mahila League, Swechchhasebak League, Bangladesh Chhatra League, Tanti League,
Bangabandhu Awami Ainjibi Parishad, Swadhinata Chikitsak Parishad, Dhaka University, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University, Sher-e-Bangla Agricultural University, Jagannath University, University Grants Commission, National University, Open University, Mohammad Nasim Foundation, Sammilita Sangskritik Jote, Ekattorer Ghatak Dalal Nirmul Committee, Sector Commanders Forum, Bangamata Sheikh Fazilatunnesa Mujib Parishad, Bangla Academy, National Museum, Bangladesh Betar, Bangabandhu Parishad, Bangabandhu Sangskiritk Jote, Sheikh Russel Shishu Sangsad, Amra Muktijoddhar Santan, different political, social and cultural organizations as well as the people
from all strata paid homage to Bangabandhu by placing wreaths at his portrait.

Dhaka North and South City Corporation, different ministries, state-run banks, governmental and non-government institutions and organizations also placed wreaths at the portrait of Bangabandhu.

President M Abdul Hamid today offered doa at Durbar Hall of the Bangabhaban after Asr prayers marking the National Mourning Day and the 46th martyrdom anniversary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

A special munajat was offered on the occasion seeking eternal peace of the departed souls of Bangabandhu and his family members who embraced martyrdom on the fateful August 15 in 1975.

Besides, doa was also offered seeking overall development and progress of the country and the nation at the tough time of COVID-19 pandemic.

The President’s family members, secretaries concerned to the Presidential palace, civil and military officials and employees attended the milad-mahfil and doa-munajat.

Bangabhaban Jame Masjid Pesh Imam Maulana Muhammad Saiful Kabir conducted the munajat.

Besides, different political, social and cultural organizations also paid homage to Bangabandhu by placing wreaths at his mausoleum at Tungipara in Gopalganj.

On behalf of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, homage was paid to Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman at Tungipara in Gopalganj.

On behalf of the premier, her Military Secretary Major General Naqib Ahmed Chowdhury paid tributes to Bangabandhu by placing a wreath at his shrine there.

On this occasion, a smartly-turned-out contingent drawn from three services gave a guard of honor.

PM’s military secretary offered fateha and joined a special munajat seeking eternal peace of Bangabandhu and other martyrs of the August 15 carnage.

Later, the Awami League (AL) leaders, led by AL Presidium Member Lieutenant Colonel (Retd) Muhammad Faruk Khan, paid homage to Bangabandhu on behalf of the central Awami League.

AL Central Working Committee Member Abul Hasnat Abdullah, MP, Foreign Minister Dr A K Abdul Momen, Presidium Members Jahangir Kabir Nanak and Shahjahan Khan, MP, Joint General Secretaries Mahbubul-Alam Hanif and AFM Bahauddin Nasim, Organizing Secretaries Abu Sayeed Al Mahmud Swapan, MP, SM Kamal Hossain, Mirza Azam, MP, and Advocate Afjal Hossain, Deputy Office Secretary Sayem Khan, Central Working Committee Members Advocate Md Amirul Alam Milon, MP, Advocate Riazul Kabir Kawser, Anisur Rahman, Sahabuddin Faraji, Iqbal Hossain Apu, MP, Azizus Samad Azad Don and Sayed Abdul Awal Shamim were present.

On behalf of the district administration, police administration, district Awami League and its allied organizations, rich tributes were paid to Bangabandhu at the altar of Bangabandhu Mausoleum.

Later, the Bangabandhu Samadhi Soudha Complex was opened so that all people could pay rich tributes to Bangabandhu by maintaining social distancing.