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Missions abroad celebrated birthday of Sheikh Russel

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  • 18th October, 2021 08:37:40 PM
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Missions abroad celebrated birthday of Sheikh Russel

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Bangladesh mission abroad observed the first ever 'Sheikh Russel Day', marking the 58th birthday of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman's youngest son Shaheed Sheikh Russel.

Sheikh Russel, also the youngest brother of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, was born on October 18 in 1964 at the historic Bangabandhu Bhaban at Dhanmondi 32 in the capital city.

He was brutally killed along with most of his family members, including his father Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, on August 15, 1975 when he was a student of class four at University Laboratory School.

In observance of the day, the Bangladesh missions organized various programmes, including placing floral wreath at the portrait of Shaheed Sheikh Russel, special prayer, recitation from Holy Quran, planting of sapling, reading out of messages from the President and Prime Minister.

On the occasion of the 58th birth anniversary of Sheikh Russel, the youngest son of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, Bangladesh Mission in New Delhi, India has celebrated the day through various programs.

On the occasion, 100 saplings were planted in the embassy premises.  Embassy officials led by Bangladesh High Commissioner Muhammad Imran took part in the sapling planting.

High Commissioner Muhammad Imran, along with the members of the mission, placed a wreath at the portrait of Bangabandhu and Sheikh Russel in the chancery building.

Deputy High Commissioner Md. Nural Islam read out the message from President Md. Abdul Hamid, while the message from Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina was read out by Assistant Defence Adviser, Lt. Col. Md. Kamrul Hasan, psc.

High Commissioner Muhammad Imran said that on August 15, 1975, the assassins also killed the infant Russel with their brutal bullets, which is a chapter in history. He said if Sheikh Russel was alive, he would have played a role in building the Bangladesh of Bangabandhu’s dream.  If he had survived, today’s new generation would have had the opportunity to learn the politics of Bangabandhu’s ideology from him.

The 58th Birth Day of Shaheed Sheikh Russel was also observed in Ankara, Turkey by the Embassy of Bangladesh with the participation of local Bengali community with due solemnity.  Ambassador Mosud Mannan inaugurated the event by presenting a floral bouquet at the portrait of Sheikh Russel located in the Sheikh Russel Children’s Corner of the Embassy.

Afterwards, all the Officials of the Embassy took part at a colorful cultural programme at the “71 Victory Auditorium” Several documentary films on the life of Shaheed Sheikh Russel were screened at the beginning of the programme in presence of Non-Resident Bengalis of Ankara, students from different Universities of Turkey and the Officials of Bangladesh Embassy.

In his address, the Ambassador emphasized on the importance of the day and said that the killing of an innocent child like Russel was indeed an unwanted cruel and scandalous event in the history of Bangladesh.

He added that today the Bengali Nation is regretful for such a painful incident and this year’s nationwide observance of the Birth Day of Shaheed Sheikh Russel for the 1st time is indeed a correct step taken by the Government to show due repentance.

At the end a special birthday cake was cut in memory of Shaheed Sheikh Russeland distributed among the children and students along with delicious Bengali meal.

Bangladesh Embassy in Hanoi and Deputy High Commission in Mumbai celebrated the day.

Consulate General of Bangladesh in Kunming also observed birthday of Sheikh Russel.