Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader has said the government has heightened its efforts both politically and diplomatically to bring back Bangabandhu’s fugitive killers.
He made the remarks after paying homage to Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman placing wreaths at his portrait in front of Bangabandhu Memorial Museum at Dhanmondi Road No. 32 on Saturday morning, marking the National Mourning Day.
First, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina paid homage to Bangabandhu by placing wreaths at his portrait.
After placing wreaths, the Prime Minister stood in solemn silence there for some time showing respects to the great leader and the great architect of Bangladesh’s independence.
A smartly turned-out contingent of Bangladesh Armed Forces gave state salute, while bugle played the tune of grief and somber to the last post.
A munajat was also offered seeking the eternal peace of the departed souls of the August 15 carnage.
On this day in 1975, the nation’s founding father Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and most of his family members were assassinated by a cabal of military men.
Eighteen members of his family, including Bangamata Sheikh Fazilatunnesa Mujib, three sons – Captain Sheikh Kamal, Lieutenant Sheikh Jamal and 10-year-old Sheikh Russel, two daughters-in-law Sultana Kamal and Rosy Jamal, brother Sheikh Naser, peasant leader Abdur Rab Serniabat, youth leader Sheikh Fazlul Haq Moni and his wife Arzu Moni, Baby Serniabat, Sukanta Babu, Arif and Abdul Nayeem Khan Rintu were, among others, were killed on that fateful night.
Bangabandhu's Military Secretary Brigadier General Jamil was also killed. Several members of a family in the capital's Mohammadpur area were killed by artillery shells fired by the killers on the same day.
His two daughters – Sheikh Hasina, now the prime minister, and Sheikh Rehana – luckily survived the massacre as they were abroad at that time.
Five of the convicted killers of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman have been hiding in different countries.
They are former Lt Col Khandaker Abdur Rashid, SHBM Noor Chowdhury, Shariful Haque Dalim, Rashed Chowdhury and Risaldar Moslehuddin.
Of them, the government knew the whereabouts of Noor Chowdhury and Rashed Chowdhury while it was not sure about the other three fugitives -- Rashid, Dalim and Moslehuddin.
According to the government, Noor Chowdhury has been living in Canada while Rashed Chowdhury in the USA.
On November 19, 2009, the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court upheld the death penalty of 12 convicted former army officials for the assassination of Bangabandhu and his family members.
Of them, five killers of Bangabandhu – Syed Farooq Rahman, Sultan Shahriar Rashid Khan, Bazlul Huda, AKM Mohiuddin Ahmed and Mohiuddin Ahmed – were hanged in January 2010.
Captain (dismissed) Abdul Majed was hanged on April 12 last while another killer Aziz Pasha met natural death in Zimbabwe in 2001.