Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Sunday hoped for unearthing the names of the perpetrators of the August 15 carnage one day.
“We’ve held the trial of the August 15 carnage. But, the plotters of the conspiracy are yet to be unmasked. It will definitely come to the light one day,” she said while inaugurating the voluntary blood and plasma donation programme virtually from her official Ganabhaban residence.
The premier said Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was brutally killed so that Bangladesh could never stand keeping its head high.
Sheikh Hasina, also president of the AL, again accused Bangladesh Nationalist Party founder Ziaur Rahman of his involvement in the killing, saying that the August 15 massacre was aimed to foil independence and the ideology for which Bangladesh was born.
“The 15th August massacre was not only for murdering a president, it was an evil design to foil the victory of independence and the ideology for which Bangladesh was liberated in 1971 … those who couldn’t accept Bangladesh’s victory brutally assassinated Bangabandhu,” she said. Referring to the interviews of two self-proclaimed murderers of Bangagandhu -- Faruk and Rashid -- to the BBC, she said there is no doubt that Ziaur Rahman was involved in the killing of Bangabandhu.
“Ziaur Rahman later rewarded them with the postings to different Bangladesh missions abroad and scopes of doing business, while passed the indemnity bill to stop trial of the Bangabandhu killing case,” she said.
Sheikh Hasina also said HM Ershad and Khaleda Zia followed the footsteps of Zia to patronise the killers of Bangabandhu.
Sheikh Hasina, also elder daughter of Bangabandhu, renewed her vow to materialise Bangabandhu’s unfinished dream of building a hunger- and-poverty-free ‘Sonar Bangla’ by presenting a better and beautiful life to the countrymen.
Recalling the August 15, 1975 carnage, she said, “I have lost everything -- father, mother and brothers. Now I have been working with an ideology which is my power.”
“I have to materialise the dream of my father which I heard from my childhood. I have nothing to want beyond it.”
Sheikh Hasina, also president of the AL, said being a victorious nation, Bangladesh would move around the world with keeping its head high and due dignity.
Listing the government’s various development activities, Sheikh Hasina said the aim of her government is to present a beautiful life to the people by ensuring their basic needs.
“We’re continuing our endeavours so that the people get food, education, healthcare services as well as a place to live,” she said.
The premier said the trend of Bangladesh’s development would have continued had the Covid-19 pandemic not hit hard the world economies, lives and livelihoods.
“Coronavirus wreaked havoc worldwide and the global economy got stagnant due to the deadly virus. Bangladesh was not spared from the Covid-19 onslaught,” she said.
AL senior leaders, including Matia Chowdhury, Jahangir Kabir Nanak, AFM Bahauddin Nasim, Faridunnahar Laily and Barrister Biplab Barua, among others, also addressed the function with BKL president Samir Chanda in the chair.