Mournful Jail Killing Day tomorrow

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 in 1975.

When Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was detained by Pakistani junta, the four national leaders led the country's independence war. They were sent to jail after the gruesome killing of Father of the Nation 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 Banagabandhu's cabinet, killed the four national leaders in cells of the Dhaka Central Jail.

The four great sons of the soil-- Syed Nazrul Islam, Tajuddin Ahmed, A H M Quamruzzaman and Captain Mansur Ali-- 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.

A H M Quamruzzmaan and Captain Mansur Ali, close associates of Bangabandhu, were also in vital position 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 an elaborate programme to observe the day in a befitting manner.

The programme includes hoisting of national and party flags at half-mast at Bangabandhu Bhaban, central AL office and other party offices at 6 am. Black flags will also be hoisted and black badges will be weared.

Wreath will be placed at the mural of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman at Dhanmondi at 7 am.

Wreaths 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 8 am. Special prayers also be offered at that time.

AL will hold a discussion at Krishibid Institution Bangladesh at 3 pm. AL President and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will preside over the meeting.

Wreaths will be also laid at the grave of A H M Quamruzzaman, the other national leader, at Qadirganj Graveyard in Rajshahi city.

AL General Secretary and Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader called upon the leaders and activists of all party units and associate organisations to observe the Jail Killing Day with due respect and solemnity.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)