BD Post Report
The nation is observing the 43rd anniversary of the Jail Killing, the most heinous incident of killing in safe custody, today to mourn the four leading figures of Liberation War — Syed Nazrul Islam, Tajuddin Ahmad, AHM Qamaruzzaman and M Mansur Ali.
The four leaders who led the Liberation War in 1971 after Bangabandhu had been detained by the Pakistan army were shot dead following repeated bayonet charges at the then Dhaka jail on this day in 1975. The leaders were put behind bars soon after the August 15, 1975 bloodbath that claimed the lives of Bangabandhu and most of his family members.
The four leaders played a vital role in forming the country’s first government in exile, which led the Liberation War in 1971.
Tajuddin Ahmad was the prime minister of the Mujibnagar government while Syed Nazrul Islam was the acting president, Mansur Ali was the finance minister and AHM Kamruzzaman was the minister for home, relief and rehabilitation affairs.
The government-in-exile led the nation to victory on December 16, 1971 after a nine-month war against the Pakistani army, their auxiliary forces and collaborators. Khondokar Moshtaque Ahmad, onetime aide to Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, usurped power after Mujib’s assassination and was the president of the country on November 3, 1975.
The cells where the leaders were killed have been turned into a museum and their belongings are preserved there.
Besides the cells, murals of the four leaders have been set up on the jail premises.
Bangladesh Awami League (AL), its associate organisations and other socio-political bodies have drawn up elaborate programmes to observe the day in a befitting manner.
Marking the day, President M Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina issued separate messages.
In their messages on the eve of the fateful day, they paid glowing respect to the memories of the four great leaders.
The AL’s programme includes hoisting of the national flag and the party flag half-mast at all party offices across the country, including Bangabandhu Bhaban and central AL office, at dawn, hoisting black flags and wearing black badges.
Wreaths will be placed at the mural of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman at Dhanmondi at 7 am.
Wreaths also will be placed at the graves of the martyrs of August 15 and the three national leaders Syed Nazrul Islam, Tajuddin Ahmed and Captain Mansur Ali at the Banani Graveyard in Dhaka city in the morning. Special prayers will be offered and milad mahfil will be held there.
To pay homage to AHM Quamaruzzaman, an identical programme, including placing of wreaths, offering of special prayers and munajat and milad mahfil, will also be held at his grave in Rajshahi in observance of the day.
A discussion will be held at Krishibid Institution auditorium in the capital at 3 pm.
Awami League President and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will chair the meeting as the chief guest.
Besides, a milad mahfil will be held at 9am at the Old Central Jail where the four national leaders were killed. Family members of martyrs of Jail Killing Day will attend the programme.
A milad mahfil and prayers will be held seeking eternal peace of departed souls of the four national leaders including Captain M Mansur Ali at Health and Family Welfare Minister Mohammed Nasim’s Dhanmondi residence.