Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today called upon all for turning the grief of the loss of Bangabandhu into strength to build a non-communal, hunger-poverty free prosperous Golden Bangladesh as dreamt by the Father of the Nation.
She said this in a message on the occasion of the National Mourning Day and the 46th martyrdom anniversary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
“The 15 August is our National Mourning Day. On this day in 1975, the Greatest Bangalee of all time, Father of the Nation, President Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman along with most of his family members was brutally assassinated,” she said.
The Prime Minister said eighteen members of the Father of the Nation’s family including Bangamata Fazilatunnesa Mujib, three sons–valiant Freedom Fighter Captain Sheikh Kamal, valiant Freedom Fighter Lieutenant Sheikh Jamal and 10-year old Sheikh Russel, two daughters-in law Sultana Kamal and Rosy Jamal, brother Sheikh Abu Naser, youth leader valiant Freedom Fighter Sheikh Fazlul Haq Moni and his pregnant wife Arzu Moni, peasant leader valiant Freedom Fighter Abdur Rab Serniabat, daughter Baby Serniabat, son Arif Serniabat, nephew journalist Shaheed Serniabat, grandson Sukanta Babu, and Abdul Nayeem Khan Rintu, among others, were killed by the heinous killers on that fateful night.
President’s Military Secretary Brigadier General Jamil, on duty ASI of Special Branch of Police Siddiqur Rahman and army soldier Syed Mahbubul Haq were also murdered, she said.
The Premier said several members of a family died in the capital’s Mohammadpur area by artillery shells fired by the killers on the day.
“On this National Mourning Day, I humbly remember all the martyrs of the 15 August and pray to the Almighty Allah for the salvation of their departed souls,” she said.
She said under the visionary and strong leadership of the Father of the Nation, the Bangalee Nation broke the shackles of subjugation and snatched away Bangladesh’s great Independence.
The anti-liberation clique killed Bangabandhu at a time when he was engaged in the struggle of building a Golden Bangladesh by reconstructing the war-ravaged country, she said.
She said through the murder of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib, the defeated forces of the Liberation War made abortive attempts to ruin the tradition, culture and advancement of the Bangalee Nation.
The Prime Minister said the aim of the killers was to break the state structure of secular democratic Bangladesh and foil our hard-earned Independence.
The anti-liberation forces involved in the carnage initiated the politics of killing, coup and conspiracy in the country right after the 15 August 1975, she added.
Sheikh Hasina said they also impeded the trial of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib murder by promulgating Indemnity Ordinance.
Ziaur Rahman illegally took over the state power, promulgated Martial Law, killed democracy and tailored the Constitution, she said.
She said Ziaur Rahman rewarded the killers of the Father of the Nation and gave them jobs in the Bangladesh missions abroad and he gave nationality to the anti-liberation war criminals, made them partners in the state power, and rehabilitated them politically and socially by giving them lucrative business.
The subsequent illegal military government and the BNP-Jamaat alliance government followed the same path, she added.
Bangladesh Awami League assumed the state power after 21 years winning the general elections on 12 June 1996, she said adding that a new horizon of socio-economic development was started in the country in this five-year period (1996-2001) overcoming the obstacles of the past.
“We initiated the trial of Bangabandhu murder case. But after coming to power in 2001, the BNP-Jamaat alliance government stopped this trial,” she said.
The Prime Minister said the countrymen voted Awami League to power again in the 9th parliamentary elections on 29 December 2008.
“Overcoming the stalemate left by the previous BNP-Jamaat government, and global economic recession, we put the country on a firm economic footing,” she said.
During the past twelve and a half years, Bangladesh has achieved desired advancement in every sector while the country has become a ‘role model’ of socio-economic development in the world.
She said: “We have been celebrating the birth centenary of the Father of the Nation and the Golden Jubilee of our Independence. During this period, Bangladesh has attained the status of developing nation”.
“Amidst Covid pandemic, we have been able to keep our economy on the right track. Our government has relentlessly been working to turn Bangladesh into a developed country by 2041,” she said.
The Premier said: “We have completed execution of the verdict of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman murder case.”
Hopefully, names of those who were behind the conspiracy to assassinate the Father of the Nation will also come out one day, she said, adding that the trial of the killers of four national leaders has also been completed while the verdicts of the cases against the war criminals of 1971 are being executed.
The government has been following ‘zero tolerance’ policy to uproot militancy-terrorism, she said, adding that the path of grabbing state power illegally and unconstitutionally has been stopped through the 15th amendment to the Constitution.
She said the killers were able to murder Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib but they could not kill his dreams and ideals.
“Unitedly, we have to remain prepared to resist any conspiracy and evil-attempt by the anti-liberation communal group, and anti-development and anti-democracy forces,” she said.
“Let’s turn the grief of the loss of Bangabandhu into strength. Let’s build a non-communal, hunger-poverty free prosperous Golden Bangladesh as dreamt by the Father of the Nation through reflecting the glory and ideals of the long struggling life of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib in our actions; this should be our solemn pledge on this National Mourning Day,” she said.