Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has paid homage to Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman by placing a floral wreath at the mazar of the great leader marking the 42nd martyrdom anniversary, which is also the National Mourning Day.
After laying the wreath, the Prime Minister stood in solemn silence for some time as a mark of profound respect to the memory of the architect of the independence, who was brutally killed by some disgruntled army men on the dreadful night of August 15, 1975 along with most of his family members.
A smartly turned out contingent drawn from the three services gave a state salute on the occasion, while bugle played the last post.
Accompanied by Sheikh Rehana, the younger daughter of Bangabandhu, the premier then offered munajat at the mazar seeking eternal peace of the departed souls of the Father of the Nation, Bangamata Begum Fazilatunnesa Mujib and other martyrs of August 15, 1975 massacre.
Prayers were also offered seeking continued peace, progress and prosperity of the nation.
Sheikh Hasina, also the president of Awami League, along with the central Awami League leaders placed another wreath at the mazar of Bangabandhu on behalf of the party on Tuesday.
Later, leaders of different associate bodies of Bangladesh Awami League placed wreaths at the mazar.
The Prime Minister, cabinet members, party leaders and workers joined a milad and doa mahfil on the mazar premises marking the National Mourning Day organised by the Cabinet Division and Gopalganj district administration.
Earlier in the morning, Sheikh Hasina arrived in Tungipara, the ancestral home of Bangabandhu, by an Air Force helicopter after placing wreaths at the portrait of Bangabandhu at Dhanmondi 32 in Dhaka as part of the national programme marking the National Mourning Day.
The Prime Minister also went to the Banani graveyard and spread flower petals on the graves of the August 15 carnage and offered fateha and joined a munajat there.