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Jail Killing Day today

  • Special Correspondent
  • 3 November, 2021 12:00 AM
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The nation observes Jail Killing Day today, commemorating the brutal killing of four national leaders inside Dhaka Central Jail and paying homage to the great sons of the soil.

On November 3 in 1975, some disgruntled army officers killed four national leaders---Syed Nazrul Islam, Tajuddin Ahmad, M Mansur Ali and AHM Qamaruzzaman.

The killing of the four leaders is the second most disgraceful incident in the country’s history after the assassination of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and most of his family members on August 15 in 1975.

The barbaric killing took place inside the jail just 79 days after the August 15 massacre.  

The four national leaders played a crucial role in forming the first government of Bangladesh (Mujibnagar government) which led the country’s War of Independence in 1971.

Tajuddin Ahmad was the prime minister of Mujibnagar government while Syed Nazrul Islam was the acting President, Mansur Ali the finance minister and AHM Qamaruzzaman the home, relief and rehabilitation affairs minister.

Dhaka Central Jail has been shifted to Keraniganj on the outskirts of the capital. The cells of the old central jail on Nazimuddin road have been turned into museums. Belongings of the four leaders have been preserved there.

Murals of the four national leaders were also set up on the premises of the jail.

Different political parties, including the ruling Awami League, will observe the day across the country following health guidelines due to the coronavirus pandemic.

President M Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in separate messages paid rich tribute to the four national leaders on the occasion of the Jail Killing Day.

The President in his message said the nation will ever remember the outstanding contributions of the four national leaders with due respect.

He said when Bangabandhu was in Pakistan jail during the country’s Liberation War, the four national leaders made outstanding contributions in forming the Mujibnagar government.

In her message, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina termed November 3 (Jail Killing Day) a stigmatized day in the history of independent Bangladesh, saying such killings in the safe custody of jail are unprecedented in the world’s history.

She said the killing of the four national leaders were the sequel to the assassination of the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and most of his family members.

“The purpose of the killers was to break the state structure of the non-communal democratic Bangladesh and undermine our independence achieved at a huge cost,” the premier added.

The ruling Bangladesh Awami League will begin the day by hoisting the national flag and party flag at half-mast at its central and district offices across the country at 6:00am.

Party leaders will also place wreaths at the portrait of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman at Bangabandhu Memorial Museum in the capital at 8:30am to mark the day.

They will place wreaths at the graves of Syed Nazrul Islam, Tajuddin Ahmed and Mansur Ali at Banani in the capital at 9:00am while wreaths will be placed at Qamaruzzaman’s grave in Rajshahi city.

Awami League will also hold a discussion at its central office on Bangabandhu Avenue at 11:00pm.

Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader urged all the party leaders and activists to observe the day in a befitting manner.