Killers first murdered brave freedom fighter Sheikh Kamal on Aug 15, 1975 : PM on his birth anniversary
Own Correspondent, Dhaka, August 5: Today August 5 is the 73rd birth anniversary of the brave freedom fighter Shaheed Captain Sheikh Kamal, the eldest son of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. The day is being celebrated nationally with due dignity under the initiative of the Ministry of Youth and Sports.
In a message on this occasion, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said that on the black night of August 15, 1975, murderers entered Bangabandhu Bhavan at Dhanmondi-32 and first killed the brave freedom fighter Sheikh Kamal, the eldest son of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib. He was a multi-talented role model for youth. He was not only the best sports organizer and athlete of the country, but also a brilliant student. Along with studies, he cherished and practiced native culture wholeheartedly.
Sheikh Hasina said, Sheikh Kamal was a bright star in the sports world of independent Bangladesh. Before the country gained independence, he formed the Abahani Social Welfare Organization. After returning from the war of liberation, Abahani founded Krirachakra. Apart from football, he also formed hockey, cricket and table tennis teams under Abahani Krirachakra. He used to provide modern clothes and sports equipment to the players. He appointed the first British coach in an independent country to improve training in the sport. At one point he decided to establish the district branch of Abahani Krirachakra.
The Prime Minister said that besides taking various initiatives to make the players self-reliant, he also took steps to provide them with retirement allowance. For that purpose, he established the 'Khelwar Kalyan Fund' with a donation of Tk 10 lakh from Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
Sheikh Hasina said that his contribution in every field of sports, music, acting, comedy, present speech etc. was undeniable. He has been immortalized in the world of culture by establishing 'Spandan Shilpi Gosthi'. The man possessed of endless vitality was at the same time very modest, polite, unsophisticated, unassuming and good-natured. He used to mix with common people by being very common. He would lend a helping hand to anyone in need.
The Prime Minister said that on August 15, 1975, a group of anti-independence assassins brutally killed the father of the nation and his family. That very night, the killers entered the Bangabandhu Bhavan at Dhanmondi-32 and first killed the brave freedom fighter Sheikh Kamal, the eldest son of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib. Although a group of cowardly assassins physically killed Sheikh Kamal, his path, ideals and direction in the journey to elevate Bangladesh's sports arena to international standards are still a role model.