Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader on Sunday mentioned the government’s diplomatic effort to bring back fugitive killers of the four national leaders, from abroad.
“Discussions with foreign countries are on to bring back convicted fugitive killers of four national leaders. This diplomatic effort will be strengthened further,” he said.Quader, also road transport and bridges minister, said this while talking to reporters after paying homage to the portrait of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in front of the Bangabandhu Memorial Museum at Dhanmondi-32, marking the Jail Killing Day.
Awami League central leaders, led by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, paid rich tributes to the Father of the Nation in front of Bangabandhu Memorial Museum at Dhanmondi.
Central leaders also paid homage to the four national leaders -- Tajuddin Ahmad, Syed Nazrul Islam, Captain Mansur Ali and AHM Quamruzzaman at Banani graveyard. Four national leaders were killed by some disgruntled army personnel on November 3 in 1975, just 79 days after the August 15 massacre.
Quader said the government had been facing difficulty bringing back the fugitive killers, as those countries do not have the provision of death penalty.
“Besides, effort is also on to bring back the fugitive killers of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman,” he said.
The minister further said that discussion is going on to form an inquiry commission on jail killing. He said the two brutal bloody incidents -- the assassination of Bangabandhu and most of his family members on August 15 and the killings of the four national leaders on November 3 in 1975 -- were intermingled and the outcome of the same conspiracy.“Brutal killing of four national leaders, who led the Liberation War in the absence of Bangabandhu in 1971 and snatched the victory for the nation, was carried out to make the Awami League leaderless,” he said.
Meanwhile, ruling Awami League (AL), its front organisations and different socio-cultural institutions observed Jail Killing Day on Sunday commemorating the assassination of four leaders, who were brutally killed in the Dhaka Central Jail in 1975.
On November 3 in 1975, four national leaders — Tajuddin Ahmed, Syed Nazrul Islam, Capt Monsur Ali and AHM Kamruzzaman — were killed in captivity by some unruly army officials who were also involved in the killing of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
Prime Minister and Awami League President Sheikh Hasina placed a wreath at the portrait of Bangabandhu at Dhanmondi in the capital for the day.
She also stood in solemn silence for a while in front of the portrait of Bangabandhu after paying tributes.
Later, Sheikh Hasina as the president of the Awami league, along with senior leaders placed another wreath at Bangabandhu’s portrait.
Meanwhile, led by Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader, senior leaders, including Amir Hossain Amu, Tofail Ahmed, Mohammad Nasim and Matia Chowdhury among others, laid a wreaths at the graves of three national leaders —- Tajuddin Ahmed, Syed Nazrul Islam, Capt Monsur Ali — at Banani graveyard in the capital.
Leaders of the party also placed wreaths at the grave of AHM Kamruzzaman at Kadirganj in Rajshahi for the day.
A Milad Mahfil and a special Munajat were also offered at Banani graveyard.
Awami League leaders also placed wreaths at the grave of AHM Kamruzzaman in Rajshahi.
Besides, leaders of two Dhaka city units of AL, Mohila League, Jubo League, Swecchasebak League, Chhatra League, Krishak League, Jatiya Sramik League, Swadhinata Chikitsak Parishad, Bangabandhu Parishad, Bangabandhu Sangskritik Jote, Joybangla Sangskritik Oikya Jote, Awami Muktijoddha League and other organisations also laid wreaths at the graves of the national leaders and the August 15 martyrs at Banani graveyard.