Remembering the four national leaders

The killers must not go unpunished

Published : 04 Nov 2021 01:28 AM | Updated : 04 Nov 2021 01:26 PM
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We paid our glowing tributes to the four national leaders on the occasion of the Jail Killing Day that was observed on Wednesday.

On November 3 in 1975, four national leaders, and heroes of the country's Liberation War - Syed Nazrul Islam, Tajuddin Ahmad, Captain Mansur Ali and AHM Quamruzzaman - were assassinated inside the Dhaka Central Jail. In the early hours of the day, the killers of Bangabandhu stormed Dhaka Central Jail and killed them. And such barbaric assassination inside the jail was a rare incident in the history of mankind.

The four national leaders played a key role in forming the Mujibnagar government in exile that led the Liberation War in 1971, with Syed Nazrul Islam as the acting president, Tajuddin Ahmad as the prime minister, Mansur Ali as the finance minister, and AHM Quamruzzaman as the home, relief and rehabilitation minister.

Forming a commission to uncover the faces of 

those who patronised the killers of Bangabandhu 

and four national leaders is urgently needed

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Khondoker Mustaque Ahmad and two other killers of the Father the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman-- Colonel (retd) Syed Faruque Rahman and Lieutenant Colonel (retd) Khondoker Abdur Rashid-- had designed the heinous killing spree of the four national leaders inside the jail, says Golam Murshid’s book 'Muktijuddo o Tarpar'. 

After killing Bangabandhu and most of his family members on August 15 in 1975, the assassinators killed the national leaders on November 3 in a bid to turn the country into neo-Pakistan and make the Bengali nation leaderless.

We think the main motive behind the jail killing that took place on November 3, 1975 was to turn Bangladesh into neo-Pakistan. Local and international quarters started the politics of conspiracy by killing Bangabandhu and afterwards, the four national leaders were killed on November 3 in 1975. 

And after killing the four national leaders, the then rulers obstructed the trial of Bangabandhu killing and destroyed the values of the Liberation War by issuing the Indemnity Ordinance. Therefore, we think it is time to carry out a thorough study to expose the entire plot before and after the August 15 carnage of 1975 to stop recurrence of such heinous conspiracies in future.

Besides, country’s people imbued with the spirit of Liberation War want to know who waged resistance after the carnage and who took oaths in the cabinet after the assassination and how the November 3, 1975 incident took place to kill the four national leaders. Therefore, forming a commission to uncover the faces of those who patronised the killers of Bangabandhu and four national leaders is urgently needed.

We still remember the contribution of Bangabandhu and the four national leaders to the country forever, and feel the vacuum created in the country after their killings could not be fulfilled even in the next 1,000 years. Therefore, we all will have to be determined and more vocal to establish the rule of law and justice in the country.

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