The 55th birthday of Sheikh Russell, the youngest son of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, was observed on Thursday in a befitting manner across the country.
The birthday programmes included cake cutting, discussions, milad and doa mahfils, cultural functions, rallies, painting competitions and distribution of foods among the destitute people.
Russell, the youngest brother of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, was born on this day (October 18) in 1964 at “Bangabandhu Bhaban”, the historical residence of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, located at Road 32, Dhanmondi in the capital.
He was a class-four student of University Laboratory School when he along with his most family members, including Bangabandhu, was killed by a group of disgruntled army men on August 15, 1975.
Marking the birthday, leaders of Awami League (AL) placed wreaths at the graves of those massacred on August 15, 1975, including Sheikh Russell at Banani graveyard around 8 am.
AL General Secretary Obaidul Quader, AL Presidium Member Advocate Abdul Matin Khushru, Organizing Secretary AKM Enamul Haque Shamim, Office Secretary Abdus Sobhan Golap, Agriculture and Cooperatives Faridun Nahar Laili, Education and Human Resource Secretary Shamsun nahar Chapa, among others, were present there.
Later, a milad and doa mahfil were held at Banani graveyard mosque for the martyrs of August 15. Leaders of AL and its associate bodies joined the doa mahfil.
The AL’s associate organisations, including AL of Dhaka City South and North units, Awami Juba League, Mahila Awami League, Awami Sechchhasebak League, Juba Mahila League, Bangladesh Chhatra League, Sheikh Russel Jatiya Shishu Kishore Parishad and Bangabandhu Sangskritik Jote, also paid tributes to Russell and other martyrs by placing wreaths at the graveyard.
Marking the day, a discussion titled “Sheikh Russel Amader Bhalobasa(our love) was held at the Bangladesh Shishu Academy auditorium in the city.
State Minister for Women and Children Affairs Meher Afroz Chumki addressed the discussion as the chief guest with Chairman of Bangladesh Shishu Academy Selina Hossain in the chair.
Chairman of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on the Ministry of Women and Children Affairs Rebeka Momin, lawmaker Kazi Rozi and former principal secretary to the Prime Minister and Secretary of Women and Children Affairs Nasima Begum, among others, addressed the discussion.
A discussion also was held at the Institution of Engineers, Bangladesh (IEB) on the occasion of birthday of Sheikh Russell.-BSS