Jail Killing Day tomorrow

DHAKA The nation will observe the mournful Jail

Killing Day tomorrow by paying rich tributes to four national leaders and

Liberation War heroes, who were brutally murdered inside the Dhaka Central

Jail on November 3, 1975.

When Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was detained by the Pakistani

junta, the four national leaders � Syed Nazrul Islam, Tajuddin Ahmed, AHM

Quamruzzaman and Captain M Mansur Ali � led the country's independence war.

They were sent to jail after the gruesome killing of Father of the Nation

Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman along with most of his family members on

August 15, 1975.

The ambitious but comparatively junior and mid-level military officials

with the blessings of the then self-proclaimed President Khondoker Mushtaq

Ahmed, the most hated betrayer member of the Bangabandhu's cabinet, killed

the four national leaders in cells of the Dhaka Central Jail.

The four great sons of the soil were shot dead following repeated bayonet

charges on the fateful day, less than three months after the August 15

massacre.

Syed Nazrul Islam was the acting president of Bangladesh government in

exile during the nine-month sanguinary battle as the Pakistani military junta

arrested the country's founding father on the night of March 25, 1971 from

his historic Dhanmondi residence soon after his formal declaration of

independence.

Being the prime minister of the government in exile, popularly known as the

Mujibnagar government, Tajuddin Ahmed played a key-role in materializing the

dreams of millions of freedom-loving people to establish an independent

Bangladesh.

AHM Quamruzzmaan and Captain Mansur Ali, close associates of Bangabandhu,

were also in vital positions to formulate the policies and strategies of the

guerrilla warfare against the Pakistan Army equipped with modern weapons.

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 will also 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 meeting will be held at Krishibid Institution auditorium in

the capital at 3pm.

Awami League President and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will chair the

meeting as the chief guest.

A milad mahfil and prayers will be held seeking eternal peace of the

departed souls of the four national leaders including Captain M Mansur Ali at

Health and Family Welfare Minister Mohammed Nasim's Dhanmondi residence.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)