BNP founder Ziaur Rahman had direct link with the killing of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, according to the confession of an executed killer.
From the assassination of the Bangabandhu along with most of his family members to awarding the killers were parts of Zia, Captain (dismissed) Abdul Majed who was hanged on April 12 last, said in his confession.
On August 15, 1975, Bangladesh’s founding father Bangabandhu 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, killed on that fateful night.
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.
Majed said Ziaur Rahman had direct support to the killers. “His everything manifested that he supports the coup. His contact was with them.”
He said Ziaur Rahman had awarded all of those took part in the killing mission through providing them legal protection. “He had totally patronised them. Most of them were short service commissioned officers. But they were given posting in the foreign service as a reward.”