Nation observed the National Mourning Day to mark the death anniversary of its founder Sheikh Mujibur Rahman who was killed in a military-led putsch on this day in 1975. Twenty-eight people, including his wife and three sons, were killed. The survivors included his two daughters who were abroad. Sunday 15 August was a public holiday with prayer meetings being held in mosques, churches and temples.
Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’s LIFE
Mujib was born on Mar 17, 1920 at Tungipara in Gopalganj.
He came to limelight with the formation of Purba Pakistan Chhatra League following the end of British rule in the Indian sub-continent.
Mujib continued to rise in national politics because of his active involvement in the language movement in 1952, 1954 general elections, and six-point declaration in 1966. His arrest in the Agarata conspiracy case catapulted him into the national limelight, making him the undisputed leader of the Bengali’s freedom struggle against Pakistani exploitation.
He was given the title of ‘Bangabandhu’ – friend of the Bengal- after he was freed from jail in 1969.
On Mar 7, 1971 Mujib delivered the historical speech at Racecourse Maidan (now Suhrawardy Udyan), which inspired the countrymen to join the war of independence.
A handful of renegade army officials on Aug 15, 1975 killed Mujib along with his wife Begum Fazilatunnesa, sons Sheikh Kamal, Sheikh Jamal and Sheikh Russel, daughters-in-law Sultana Kamal Khuki and Parveen Jamal Rosy, Mujib’s younger brother Sheikh Abu Naser, nephew Sheikh Fazlul Haque Moni, Moni’s pregnant wife Begum Arju Moni, Mujib’s brother-in-law Abdur Rab Serniabat, Serniabat’s daughter, son, nephew and grandson, Mujib’s security chief Col Jamiluddin Ahmed, three guests and four domestic workers.
Mujib’s daughter Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and her younger sister Sheikh Rehana, were in Europe and thus escaped the massacre on that fateful night.