August 15: A day of extreme pain and deep sorrow National Mourning Day
File photo Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and his relatives and others killed on August 15

August 15: A day of extreme pain and deep sorrow

Bangladesh Live News | @banglalivenews | 15 Aug 2022, 02:38 pm

Own Correspondent, Dhaka, August 15: Today is August 15, the National Day of Mourning. A day of agony stained with the most heinous and brutal massacre in the history of human civilization. On this day in 1975, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the great hero of the liberation movement of the Bengali nation, the architect of independent Bangladesh, and the father of the nation, was killed along with his family by a reactionary gang of assassins.

On that day, Bangabandhu's wife Sheikh Fazilatunnesa Mujib, only brother Sheikh Abu Nasser, Mujib's eldest son Captain Sheikh Kamal, second son Lieutenant Sheikh Jamal, youngest son innocent child Sheikh Russell, newly married daughter-in-law Sultana Kamal and Rosy Jamal, Sheikh Fazlul Haque Mani, one of the organizers of the Liberation War and his pregnant wife Begum Arju Mani, Abdur Rab Serniabat, one of the organizers of the freedom struggle and sister-in-law of the Father of the Nation, his younger daughter Baby Serniabat, youngest son Arif Serniabat, son-in-law Sukant Abdullah Babu, nephew Shaheed. Serniabat, Abdul Naeem Khan Rintu, Bangabandhu's Chief Military Secretary Colonel Jamil Uddin Ahmed and the officers and employees on duty were the victims of this cruelest murder in history.

In the struggle for the liberation of Bengal and Bengalis, Bangabandhu inspired the entire nation through his feelings, sacrifices, struggle, heroic leadership, indomitable spirit, determination, deep love for the Bengali nation, compassion, political foresight and ideals to make the ultimate self-sacrifice to achieve independence.

The Bangladesh Chhatra League, one of the traditional student organizations of the subcontinent, was born under the leadership of Sheikh Mujib on January 4, 1948, the protest movement against the declaration of Urdu as the national language in March '48, the debut of Awami League on June 23, '49, the national language movement of '52, the United Front of '54 Elections, education movement of '62, 6 points of '66, Agartala conspiracy case of '68 and 11 points, the popular uprising of '69, the absolute victory of Awami League in the elections of '70 through various history-making events of the Bengali nation. The desire to achieve freedom leads to the ultimate goal.

Bangabandhu's historic speech on March 7, 1971 united the Bengali nation on the path of freedom struggle. When he announced the independence of Bangladesh in the early hours of March 26, the armed liberation war began. The freedom of Bangladesh was achieved through nine months of bloody liberation war fueled by the 24-year-long movement-struggle against Pakistani misrule under his timeless leadership.

Bangladesh Awami League and its affiliates, fraternal and various social-cultural-political organizations are celebrating the National Mourning Day through various programmes in an atmosphere of due dignity, respect, love and deep sorrow.