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
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
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
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
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
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)