Update August 15, 2015

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Nation mourns for Bangabandhu

Sumel Sarker

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Nation mourns for Bangabandhu

15 August 2015, Nirapad News: The National Mourning Day, commemorating the 40th anniversary of Bangabandhu’s tragic assassination, is being observed across the country on Saturday.

President Advocate Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina paid their rich tributes to Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman on his 38th martyrdom anniversary placing wreaths separately at his portrait at the Bangabandhu Memorial Museum at 6:33 am.

They stood in solemn silence as the army bugle played the last post. Cabinet members, chiefs of the three services and senior civil and military officials were also present.

Fateha and special munajat were offered seeking salvation of the departed souls of Bangabandhu and his dear ones lost this day in 1975 in one of the bloodiest coups in the world.

The national and party flags were lowered at half-mast and hoisted black flags at Bangabandhu Bhaban, party’s central office and its offices across the country at dawn to mark the mourning day.

The PM placed wreaths at the graves of the martyrs of August 15 carnage at Banani 7:30.

Awami League has also chalked out nationwide programmes to mark the day. Along with the ruling party, different political parties, and student and socio-cultural organizations also have arranged programmes to mourn for the architect of the country’s independence and most of his family members.

The ruling party has been carrying out its 40-day long programmes from August 1 to mark the day.

A programme will be also arranged at the grave of Bangabandhu at Tungipara at 10 am.

Doa and milad mahfils will be organised at mosques after Zohr prayers and special prayers will be offered at all the places of worships including temples, pagodas and churches.

Cooked food will be distributed among the less fortunate and poor people while Mahila Awami League will organise a doa and milad mahfil at Bangabandhu Memorial Museum after Asr prayers.

The day is a public holiday.

Bangabandhu was assassinated in a military putsch on August 15, 1975, along with most of his family members. The predawn attacks left a total of 24 people killed.

The victims also include Bangabandhu’s wife Begum Fazilatunnesa Mujib, sons Sheikh Kamal, Sheikh Jamal and nine-year-old Sheikh Russell, daughters-in-law Sultana Kamal and Parveen Jamal, brother Sheikh Naser, nephew Sheikh Fazlul Huq Moni and his wife Begum Arju Moni, brother-in-law Abdur Rab Serniabat, 13-year-old Baby Serniabat, Serniabat’s son Arif and four-year-old grandson Babu, three guests, Bangabandhu’s four domestic helps, and his security chief Col Jamil Uddin Ahmed.

Bangabandhu’s two daughters — Sheikh Hasina and Sheikh Rehana — could escape the bloodbath as they were abroad at the time.

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