Nation is observing the National Mourning Day on Tuesday with due solemnity, marking the 42nd anniversary of the death of the country’s founding president, Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
President Abdul Hamid and prime minister Sheikh Hasina paid deep homage to Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
As part of the state programmes, at first the president and then the prime minister laid wreaths separately at the portrait of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. After placing the wreaths, the president and the prime minister stood in solemn silence for some time showing respect to Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
A smartly turned out contingent of Bangladesh Armed Forces gave state salute at that time, while the bugle played the tune of grief and somber to the last post.
A munajat was offered seeking the eternal peace of the departed souls of the August 15 carnage.
Sheikh Rehana, the youngest daughter of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, speaker Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury, Chief Justice SK Sinha, cabinet members, prime minister’s advisers, senior leaders of Awami League and 14-Party and senior government officials were present.
Later, Sheikh Hasina, also the president of Awami League, flanked by party’s general secretary Obaidul Quader and senior leaders, placed wreaths at the portrait of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman on behalf of the Awami League.
After paying the tributes to Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the prime minister along with her sister Sheikh Rehana visited the historic residence of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman at Dhanmondi Road No. 32 which witnessed the world’s most barbaric carnage on this day 42 years ago.
After their departure, people from all walks of life wearing black badges are paying homage to Sheikh Mujibur Rahman by placing wreaths at his portrait there.
The government and different socio-cultural, political and professional organisations, including ruling Awami League and its associate bodies, have chalked out elaborate programmes to pay homage to Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
The programmes include discussions, child-juvenile painting competitions, photographic exhibitions, milad mahfils and distribution of cooked food among the destitute.
Mujib was assassinated along with all but two of his family on August 15, 1975 at his Dhanmondi house in Dhaka by a group of army personnel. His daughters – Sheikh Hasina, now the prime minister, and Sheikh Rehana – survived the massacre as they were abroad.
Eighteen members of the his family, including wife Sheikh Fazilatunnesa Mujib, three sons — Captain Sheikh Kamal, Lt Sheikh Jamal and Sheikh Russell, two daughters-in-law Sultana Kamal and Rosy Jamal, brother Sheikh Naser, peasant leader Abdur Rob Serniabat, youth leader Sheikh Fazlul Haq Moni and his wife Arzu Moni, Baby Serniabat, Sukanta Babu, Arif and Abdul Nayeem Khan Rintu, were killed on the fateful night.
The day is a public holiday.
The national flag is kept half-mast at all government, semi-government and autonomous bodies, educational institutions, private buildings and Bangladesh missions abroad.
The national flag is also kept half-mast at Bangabandhu Bhaban in the capital and Awami League offices across the country at dawn.
Doa and milad mahfils will be held at all mosques after Zohr prayers and special prayers will be arranged in temples, pagodas, churches and other worship places at convenient time across the country.
Food will also be distributed among orphans and destitute people at noon.
A milad mahfil will be held at the Darbar Hall of Bangabhaban after Zohr prayers on the occasion.
Mohila Awami League will arrange a milad mahfil at Bangabandhu Bhaban in the city after Asr prayers. Prime minister Sheikh Hasina will participate in the programme.
Besides, Awami League will arrange a discussion at the city’s Bangabandhu International Conference Centre at 4:00pm on Wednesday where Awami League president Sheikh Hasina will be present as the chief guest.
State-run Bangladesh Betar and Bangladesh Television as well as private television channels and radio stations will air special programmes highlighting the life, struggle and achievements of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. Newspapers will bring out supplements on the occasion.
Meanwhile, president Abdul Hamid and prime minister Sheikh Hasina have issued separate messages on the occasion.