Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina paid deep respect to Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman by placing a wreath at his mazar marking his 42nd death anniversary and the National Mourning Day Tuesday (August 15).
After placing the wreath, Sheikh Hasina stood in solemn silence for sometime as a mark of profound respect to the memory of the architect of the independence, who was brutally assassinated 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, the premier then offered munajat at the mazar seeking eternal peace of departed souls of the 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, Deputy Speaker Fazley Rabbi Mian, Industries Minister Amir Hossain Amu, Commerce Minister Tofail Ahmed, Awami League Presidium Members Sheikh Fazlul Karim Selim, Advocate Sahara Khatun and Muhammad Faruk Khan, Agriculture Minister Matia Chowdhury, Minister for Public Administration Syed Ashraful Islam, Housing and Public Works Minister Engineer Mosharraf Hossain, LGRD and Cooperatives Minister Khandakar Mosharraf Hossain, Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader, Land Minister Shamsur Rahman Sharif, PM’s Security Adviser Maj Gen (retd) Tariq Ahmed Siddiq, State Minister for Women and Children Affairs Meher Afroz Chumki, State Minister for Textiles and Jute Mirza Azam, State Minister for Post and Telecommunications Tarana Halim, former chief whip Abul Hasnat Abdullah, AL Joint Secretaries Jahangir Kabir Nanak and Abdur Rahman, Organizing Secretaries AFM Bahauddin Nasim, BM Mozammel Haque, Enamul Haque Shamim and Barrister Mohibul Hasan Chowdhury Nowfel, Information and Research Secretary Advocate Afzal Hussain, Labour Affairs Secretary Habibur Rahman Siraj, Office Secretary Dr Abdus Sobhan Golap, Sheikh Helaluddin, MP, AL central committee members AHM Khairuzzaman Liton, Iqbal Hossain Apu and Anwar Hossain were present on the occasion.
Besides, Cabinet Secretary Mohammad Shafiul Alam, PM’s Principal Secretary Dr Kamal Abdul Naser Chowdhury, Senior PMO Secretary Suraiya Begum, PM’s Military Secretary Major General Mia Mohammad Joynul Abedin, Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim and high civil and military officials were present.
Sheikh Hasina, also the Awami League president, along with the central Awami League leaders placed another wreath at the mazar of Bangabandhu on behalf of the party.
Later, leaders of different associate bodies of Bangladesh Awami League 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.