The 84th birthday of Awami Juba League founding chairman Sheikh Fazlul Haque Mani will be observed today.
Sheikh Mani was the nephew of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and the founder of Mujib Bahini, one of the major guerrilla forces of the Liberation War. He also played a pivotal role during the six-point movement in 1966.
The JL will place wreath at the graves of Sheikh Mani and other martyrs of August 15 at the Banani Graveyard at 9:00 am on the day while foods and warm clothes will be distributed among the destitute on the following two days.
Sheikh Mani was born on December 4 in 1939 at Tungipara in Gopalganj. He served as the general secretary of the then East Pakistan Chhatra League in 1962-63. As per Bangabandhu’s direction, Moni founded Awami Juba League, the youth wing of Bangladesh Awami League, in 1972.
Mani, an organiser of Mukti Bahini, along with his pregnant wife Shamsunnessa Ara Arju Moni, was killed during the assassination of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman along with his family members in a military coup on August 15 in 1975.