Awami League leaders paid rich tribute to Four National Leaders
Jail Killing Day, one of the black spots in the nation's history, is being observed throughout the country on Wednesday. The nation has observed the mournful Jail Killing Day today by paying rich tributes to four national leaders and Liberation War heroes, who were brutally murdered inside the Dhaka Central Jail in 1975. The four national leaders, who led the country's independence war when Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was detained by Pakistani junta, were sent to jail after the gruesome killing of Father of the Nation along with most of his family members on August 15, 1975. The four celebrated sons of the soil-- Syed Nazrul Islam, Tajuddin Ahmed, A H M Quamruzzaman and Captain Mansur Ali-- were shot dead following repeated bayonet charges on the fateful day, less than three months (79) after the August 15 massacre. The anti-liberation reactionary and counter-revolutionary forces along with junior and mid-level military officials with the blessings of the then self-proclaimed president Khondoker Mushtaq Ahmed, the most hated betrayer member of the Bangabandhu's cabinet, killed the four national leaders in cells of the Dhaka Central Jail.
Syed Nazrul Islam was the acting president of Bangladesh government in exile during the nine-month sanguinary battle as the Pakistani military junta arrested the country's founding father on the night of March 25, 1971 from his historic Dhanmondi residence soon after his formal declaration of independence. Being the prime minister of the government in exile, popularly known as the Mujibnagar government, Tajuddin Ahmed played a key-role in materializing the dreams of millions of freedom-loving people to establish an independent Bangladesh. A H M Quamruzzmaan, Minister for Home Affairs, Relief and Rehabilitation and Captain Mansur Ali, Finance Minister, close associates of Bangabandhu, were also in vital position to formulate the policies and strategies of the guerrilla warfare against the Pakistan Army equipped with modern weapons.
Bangladesh Awami League (AL), its associate organisations and other socio- political bodies have drawn up elaborate programs to observe the day in befitting manner.