Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina paid rich tributes to Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman by placing a wreath at his mazar here this morning on the occasion of his 43rd martyrdom anniversary and the National Mourning Day.
After laying the wreath, the prime minister stood in solemn silence for some times as a mark of profound respect to the memory of the architect of the independence, who was brutally killed by some disgruntled army men on the dreadful night of August 15, 1975 along with most of his family members.
A smartly turned out contingent drawn from the three services gave a state salute on the occasion, while bugle played the last post. Chiefs of the three services were present at that time.
Accompanied by Sheikh Rehana, the younger daughter of Bangabandhu, and other family members, the premier then offered munajat at the mazar seeking
eternal peace of departed souls of Father of the Nation, Bangamata Begum Fazilatunnesa Mujib and other martyrs of August 15, 1975 massacre.
Prayers were also offered seeking continued peace, progress and prosperity of the nation.
Jatiya Sangsad Speaker Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury, Industries Minister Amir Hossain Amu, Commerce Minister Tofail Ahmed, Awami League Presidium
Members Sheikh Fazlul Karim Selim, Muhammad Faruk Khan and Abdul Matin Khasru, Agriculture Minister Matia Chowdhury, Housing and Public Works
Minister Engineer Mosharraf Hossain, LGRD and Cooperatives Minister Khandakar Mosharraf Hossain, Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader,
Shipping Minister Shajahan Khan, Science and Technology Minister Architect Yeafesh Osman, Land Minister Shamsur Rahman Sherif, PM’s Security Adviser
Major General (retd) Tariq Ahmed Siddiq, State Minister for Information Tarana Halim, State Minister for Women and Children Affairs Meher Afroz
Chumki, State Minister for Textiles and Jute Mirza Azam, AL Joint Secretaries Jahangir Kabir Nanak and Abdur Rahman, Organizing Secretaries AFM Bahauddin
Nasim, BM Mozammel Haque, Ahmad Hossain and Barrister Mohibul Hasan Chowdhury Nowfel, Labour Affairs Secretary Habibur Rahman Siraj, Relief and Social
Welfare Secretary Faridunnahar Laily, Office Secretary Dr Abdus Sobhan Golap, Sheikh Helaluddin, MP, Sheikh Fazley Noor Taposh, MP, AL central committee
member SM Kamal Hossain were present on the occasion, among others.
Besides, Cabinet Secretary Mohammad Shafiul Alam, PM’s Principal Secretary Md Nojibur Rahman, Principal Coordinator on SDG Md Abul Kalam Azad, PMO
Secretary Sajjadul Hassan, PM’s Military Secretary Major General Mia Mohammad Joynul Abedin, Inspector General of Police Dr Mohammad Javed Patwary,
Information Secretary Abdul Malek, Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim and high civil and military officials were present.
Later, the senior Awami League leaders, led by party’s general secretary Obaidul Quader, placed a wreath at the mazar of Bangabandhu on behalf of the
Leaders of different associate bodies of Bangladesh Awami League also placed wreaths at the mazar.
The prime minister along with cabinet members, party leaders and workers joined a milad and doa mahfil on the mazar premises marking the National Mourning Day, organized by the cabinet division and Gopalganj district administration.
Earlier, Sheikh Hasina arrived in Tungipara, the ancestral home of Bangabandhu, by an Air Force helicopter after placing wreaths at the portrait of Bangabandhu at Dhanmondi 32 in Dhaka as part of the national programme
marking the National Mourning Day.
The prime minister also went to the Banani graveyard and spread flower petals on the graves of the martyrs of the August 15 carnage and offered fateha and joined a munajat there.