Gonoshasthaya Kendra founder Dr Zafrullah Chowdhury on Monday bemoaned that the army men in 1975 had not only made a terrible mistake by killing Bangabandhu but also done an unfair job by taking his body to Tungipara from the capital for burial.
Speaking at a discussion, he also suggested relocating the grave of Father of the Nation Sheikh Mujibur Rahman to the capital so that people from all walks of life can easily visit it and offer fateha there, UNB reports.
“I went to Banani Graveyard on Sunday night on the occasion of Shab-e-Barat to offer fateha at a grave of one of my relatives. On my way back, I stood in front of Sadek Khan’s greave and the graves of the family members of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman killed in 1975… thousands of people were offering fateha at their graves,” he said.
Zafrullah further said, “I think the members of army who had taken over power in 1975 made a blunder (by killing Mujib). They had also done an unfair task by taking Sheikh Mujib’s body to Tungipara.”
Democratic Movement arranged the discussion at the Jatiya Press Club in memory of eminent journalist Sadek Khan who died on May 16 at the age of 83.
Zafrullah said had the Bangabandhu been buried in the capital, thousands of people could have been able to offer fateha at his grave.
The Gonoshasthaya Kendra founder thinks now only party men go to his grave on the occasion of political programmes.
“We don’t have any right to belittle our national leaders. We should bury our national leaders in a place where all people can easily go there. I don’t find any reason to take the grave from Dhaka to any other place. It’ll be a justified decision to relocate it to Dhaka,” he said.
Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the architect of Bangladesh’s independence, was assassinated along with all but two members of his family at the crack of dawn on August 15, 1975 by a cabal of army men.
Recalling the contributions of journalist Sadek Khan to the country’s Liberation War, he said the journalist had helped the freedom fighters collect arms and ammunition from various sources.