Captain Shahabuddin Ahmed Bir Uttam in a statement sent to the Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said that he had apprised the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman of various vested quarters especially anti-liberation forces who were trying to create an unstable situation in the country.
“I had tried my level best to meet Bangabandhu. At last, Sheikh Shahid took me to Bangabandhu’s Dhanmondi Road-32 residence at 11 pm on July 23 in 1975. I saw Sheikh Mujib, the greatest son of the soil in thousand years, standing in front of the library room housed to second floor,” Captain Shahabuddin said.
He added Bangabandhu asked me about the reason of my arrival at his residence.
“I told him (Bangabandhu) are you not getting any information from the intelligence agencies about the country’s overall situation? If you (Bangabandhu) don’t remain alert, you may face a serious trouble. We are very worried over the latest situation obtaining in the country,” Captain Shahabuddin Ahmed Bir Uttam said.
“Bangabandhu replied and said no man in the country can inflict harm on me. And it was my last meeting with the Father of the Nation. But on the dreadful and fateful night of August 15 in 1975, Bangabandhu was assassinated along with most of his family members at his Dhanmondi Road-32 residence in the capital,” he continued.
He said after the assassination of Bangabandhu, Khondaker Mostaq Ahmad along with the killers were also engaged in plotting to include the independent Bangladesh into the confederation with Pakistan.
“They were also brainstorming how and in what way, the pro-liberation forces can be eliminated from the soil of Bangladesh. We couldn’t sit idle. We some freedom fighters and pilots of Bangladesh Air force and some pro-liberation officers had framed strategies and plans as to how we could resist the killer Khondaker Mostaq and his accomplices who assassinated Bangabandhu and most of his family members,” Captain Shahabuddin narrated.
He added, Squadron Leader Liaqat Ali Khan Bir Uttam, Squadron Leader (Retd) Badrul Alam Bir Uttam, Flight Lieutenant Salahduddin, Flight Lieutenant Jamal Uddin and Flight Lieutenant Waliul Haque from Bangladesh Air Force, freedom fighters from Bangladesh Army and pro-liberation officers played a vital role during that crucial period.
“And later killer Khondaker Mostaq was ousted from the Bangabhaban and the killers of Bangabandhu and his family members were also ousted from the country,” he said.