Jail Killing Day tomorrow

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The Jail Killing Day will be observed tomorrow as
it is the second disgraceful incident in the country after the brutal
assassination of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and
most of his family members on August 15 in 1975.

On November 3 in 1975, four national leaders and heroes of the country’s
Liberation War — Syed Nazrul Islam, Tajuddin Ahmad, Captain Mansur Ali and
AHM Quamruzzaman — were assassinated inside the Dhaka Central Jail.

The four leaders played a key role in forming the Mujibnagar government in
exile, that led the Liberation War in 1971, with Syed Nazrul Islam as the
acting president, Tajuddin Ahmad as the prime minister, Mansur Ali as the
finance minister and AHM Qamruzzaman as the home, relief and rehabilitation

The nation will remember the four national leaders, who were also the great
heroes of the Liberation War in 1971, tomorrow with due respect.

Awami League (AL) and different political parties will observe the mournful
day across the country with maintaining health guidelines.

The AL has chalked out elaborate programme including keeping the national and
party flags at half-mast at party’s Bangabandhu Avenue Central Office and
Bangabandhu Bhaban as well as unit offices across the country at the dawn

Wearing of black badges and hoisting of black flag are also included in the

AL leaders will place wreaths at the portrait of Father of the Nation
Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman at Bangabandhu Bhaban in Dhanmondi at 7am.
Wreaths will be placed at the graves of Syed Nazrul Islam, Tajuddin Ahmad,
Mansur Ali at Banani graveyard around 7.30am while fateha, milad-mahfil and
munajat will also be offered there.

Floral wreaths, offering fateha, milad-mahfil and munajat will be arranged at
the grave of national leader Shaheed AHM Qamruzzaman in Rajshahi.

AL will arrange a discussion at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre
(BICC) in the city at 3pm. Awami League President and Prime Minister Sheikh
Hasina will preside over the meeting.

Awami League general secretary and road and transport minister Obaidul Quader
in a statement urged the leaders-activists of all organizational units from
upazila to district and associate bodies to observe the jail killing day with
due respect.

Khondoker Mustaque Ahmad and other two killers of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur
Rahman — Colonel (retd) Syed Faruque Rahman and Lieutenant Colonel (retd)
Khondoker Abdur Rashid– had designed the heinous killing spree of the four
national leaders inside the jail.

A five-member killing squad was also formed led by Resalder Musleh Uddin who
was very much close to Colonel (retd) Faruque Rahman.

“Khondoker Mustaque Ahmad had designed the heinous killing plot exclusively
with Farque Rahman and Abdur Rashid,” said Golam Murshid in his book
‘Muktijuddo o Tarpar’.

A probe commission was formed on September 18 in 1980 in London over the
killings of August 15 in 1975 and subsequently the jail killing on November 3
in the same year.

The probe commission was formed following an appeal lodged by Bangabandhu’s
two daughters – Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Sheikh Rehana, Mohammad
Selim, son of slain leader Monsur Ali and Syed Ashraful Islam, son of slain
leader Syed Nazrul Islam.

At that time, the probe commission became ineffective due to non-cooperation
by the then Bangladesh government led by Ziaur Rahman and refused to provide
visa to a probe commission member.

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