Bangladesh is commemorating Jail Killing Day, when the four national leaders close to Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman were killed 43 years ago. On Nov 3, 1975, four leaders of the wartime national government—acting president Syed Nazrul Islam, prime minister Tajuddin Ahmad and cabinet ministers M Mansur Ali and AHM Quamruzzaman—were brutally killed inside Dhaka’s Central Jail.
They were murdered while in state custody as the country witnessed sweeping changes in politics amid the chaos that followed Bangabandhus assassination.
The day Bangladesh was robbed of its top national leaders, has since been remembered as Jail Killing Day.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has paid her tribute to the departed by placing a wreath at the mural of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman on Saturday as part of the remembrance programme.
Hasina and other Awami League leaders then went to the Banani graveyard to pay their respects to Syed Nazrul Islam, Tajuddin Ahmad and M Mansur Ali. Tribute was paid to the grave of AHM Quamruzzaman in Rajshahi as well.
Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan paid his respects to the four leaders by placing wreaths at their statues erected at the memorial museum in the old prison at Nazimuddin Road in Old Dhaka. He also attended a special prayer service at the venue.
“The assassination of Bangabandhu along with his family in 1975, the killing of the four leaders in jail on Nov 3 and the killing of 24 persons in a grenade attack on Sheikh Hasina on August 21-all these are connected,” said Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader after he paid his tribute at Bangabandhu Museum.
The national flag was hoisted at the Bangabandhu Bhaban, the Awami League headquarters and other offices throughout the country while the party flag has been kept at half-mast. The Awami League leaders have also worn black badge.
A discussion on Jail Killing Day led by Hasina will be held at the Krishibid Institution auditorium on Saturday afternoon.