The Jail Killing Day is being observed today as the day is the second disgraceful incident in the country after the brutal murder of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and his family members on August 15 in 1975, reports BSS.
On November 3, 1975, four national leaders, and heroes of the country’s Liberation War – Syed Nazrul Islam, Tajuddin Ahmad, Captain Mansur Ali, and AHM Quamruzzaman – were assassinated inside the Dhaka Central Jail.
The four leaders played a key role in forming the Mujibnagar government in exile that led the Liberation War in 1971, with Syed Nazrul Islam as the acting president, Tajuddin Ahmad as the prime minister, Mansur Ali as the finance minister, and AHM Qamruzzaman as the home, relief and rehabilitation minister.
Different political parties including the ruling Awami League (AL) will observe the mournful day throughout the country amid following the health guidelines because of the corona pandemic.
The AL has chalked out elaborate programs includes hoisting of national and party flags at half-mast at the party offices across the country including the party’s central office and Bangabandhu Bhaban immediately at dawn on the day. Wearing of black badges and hoisting of the black flag also would be included under the program.
Awami League placed a wreath at the portrait of Bangabandhu at Bangabandhu Bhaban at Dhanmondi in the morning.
Leaders from Dhaka city unit Awami League and its associate body will also place tribute at Bangabandhu’s portrait at Bangabandhu Bhaban.
Placing wreaths, offering Fateha, Milad-mahfil and munajat will be held at the graves of the four national leaders along with all the martyrs who had been assassinated during the night on August 15 in 1975.
Floral wreaths, offering fateha, milad-mahfil and munajat will be held at the grave of national leader Shahid Kamruzzaman in Rajshahi.
Besides, the AL will arrange a discussion at its central office at Bangabandhu Avenue in the city at 3.30pm. AL president and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will join the programme through video conference from her official residence Ganabhaban.
Khondoker Mustaque Ahmad and other two killers of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman – Colonel (retd) Syed Faruque Rahman and Lieutenant Colonel (retd) Khondoker Abdur Rashid-had designed the heinous killing spree of the national four leaders inside the jail.
A five-member killing squad also was formed led by Resalder Musleh Uddin who was very much close to Colonel (retd) Faruque Rahman.
“Khondoker Mustak Ahmad had designed the heinous killing plot exclusively with Farque Rahman and Abdur Rashid”, said Golam Murshid in his book ‘Muktijuddo o Tarpar’.
A probe commission, which was formally formed on September 18 in 1980 in London over the killings of August 15 in 1975 and subsequently the jail killing on November 3 in the same year.
“The probe commission was formed following an appeal lodged by Bangabandhu’s two daughters Prime Minister Sheikh Hasian and Sheikh Rehana, Mohammad selim, son of Monsur Ali and Syed Ashraful Islam, son of slain leader Syed Nazrul Islam”, said Prof. Abu Sayeed in his book ‘Bangabandhu murder facts and documents.
In that time, the probe commission became ineffective due to non-cooperation by the then Bangladesh government led by President Ziaur Rahman and refused to provide visa by the government to a probe commission member.