President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Thursday led the nation in paying homage to Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman marking the 44th anniversary of his martyrdom.
President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina paid homage to the architect of the independence by placing wreaths at the portrait of Bangabandhu in front of Bangabandhu Memorial Museum at Dhanmondi Road No. 32 in the capital this morning.
The day is being observed as the National Mourning Day.
As part of the state programme, the President and the Prime Minister laid wreaths separately at the portrait of Bangabandhu.
After placing wreaths, the President and the Prime Minister stood in solemn silence for some time showing respect to the great leader.
A smartly turned out contingent of Bangladesh Armed Forces gave state salute at that time, while bugle played tune of grief and somber to the last post.
Munajat was offered seeking eternal peace of the departed souls of the August 15 carnage.
Bangabandhu, his spouse Sheikh Fazilatun Nesa Mujib, his three sons- Sheikh Kamal, Sheikh Jamal and Sheikh Russell, and most of the family members of three close relatives of Bangabandhu were killed in cold blood on August 15, 1975 by a group of disgruntled army men.
Two daughters of Bangabandhu Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and his sister Sheikh Rehana could escape the carnage as they were staying abroad at that time.
Saima Wazed Hossain, daughter of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Speaker Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury, Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain, cabinet members, Prime Minister’s advisors, chiefs of three services, senior leaders of Awami League and 14-Party and senior government officials were present.
Later, Sheikh Hasina, also the President of Bangladesh Awami League, flanked by party’s General Secretary Obaidul Quader and senior leaders placed wreath at the portrait of Bangabandhu on behalf of the Awami League.
After paying tributes to Bangabandhu, the Premier along with her daughter Saima Wazed Hossain visited the historic residence of Bangabandhu at Dhanmondi Road No. 32 which witnessed the world’s most barbaric carnage on this day 44 years ago.
Sheikh Hasina stayed in the house, which has now been turned into Bangabandhu Memorial Museum, for some time.
From Dhanmondi, the Prime Minister later went to Banani Graveyard where her mother Bangamata Fazilatun Nesa Mujib, brothers Sheikh Kamal, Sheikh Jamal and Sheikh Russell and other martyrs of August 15 were laid to eternal rest.
The Prime Minister placed floral wreaths and spread flower petals on their graves.
She also offered Fateha and doa seeking eternal peace of the departed souls of the martyrs of August 15.