Aug 15, jail killings prove conspiracy against independence: PM



Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Tuesday said the August 15 and November 3 killings prove that there was a conspiracy against independence and the people of the country.

“Vested quarters had tried to propagate that August 15 killing was an incident against a family [but] their original objective was caught through the killing of November 3,” she said.

The prime minister said this while virtually addressing a discussion organised by Awami League at the Awami League Central Office on Bangabandhu Avenue marking the Jail Killing Day, reports UNB.

She attended the programme from her official residence Ganobhaban. Sheikh Hasina, also the president of Bangladesh Awami League, presided over the discussion.

On this day in 1975, the killers of Bangabandhu stormed the Dhaka Central Jail in the early hours and assassinated the four national leaders — Tajuddin Ahmed, Syed Nazrul Islam, Captain Mansur Ali and AHM Quamruzzaman — who led the Liberation War in the absence of Bangabandhu in 1971 and led the nation to victory.

Sheikh Hasina said that those who could not accept the independence of Bangladesh, those who did not recognise independent Bangladesh, those who did not want independent Bangladesh, their companions were involved in these killings and they were the mastermind of these killings.

“It was a political conspiracy against independence and the people of the country. It proves that their aim was to change the ideals of the Liberation War,” she said.

Sheikh Hasina said that the then General Ziaur Rahman was the right-hand man of Mostaque Ahmed in this conspiracy.

“Killer Mostaque conspired [and] it became clear when he made General Ziaur Rahman the army chief who was with him. So, it [becomes] naturally clear that Ziaur Rahman was the right-hand man of Mostaque,” she said.

She also mentioned that after these killings, the country deviated from the spirit of the Liberation War.

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