15 August Dark episode

Declaration of Independence War of 1971

……“Pak Army suddenly attacked E.P.R Base at Pilkhana, Rajarbag Police Line and killing citizens. Street battle are going on in every street of Dhaka-Chittagong. I appeal to the Nations of the World for help. Our freedom fighters are gallantly fighting with the enemies to free the motherland. I appeal and order you all in the name of Almighty Allah to fight to the last drop of blood to liberate the country. Ask police, E.P.R, Bengal regiment and Ansar to stand by you and to fight. No compromise. Victory is ours. Drive out the last enemy from the holy soil of motherland. Convey this message to all Awami League leaders, workers and other patriots and lovers of freedom. May Allah bless you.

Joy Bangla

Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was born in a respectable Muslim family on 17      March,1920, Tungipara village under the Gopalganj      district. He was the third child among four daughters      and two sons of Sheikh Lutfur Rahman and Saira      Begum.

Bangabandhu started his school life at Gimadanga      primary school at the age of seven. At eighteen he      married Begum Fazilatunnesa. They subsequently      become the happy parents of three sons and two      daughters. All the sons were to killed along with their      parents on 15 August,1975.

Bangabandhu passed the entrance exam and joined the     Kolkata Islamia College and elected the General      Secretary of the college union. During the riot of ’47, he     took a pioneering role in protecting the Muslims and      trying to contain the violence.

Bangabandhu admitted into Dhaka University. He founded the Muslim Students League on January 4, 1948. Bangabandhu was one of the front line leaders of the language movement and was arrested on March 11, 1948.

On July 9, Bangabandhu was elected general secretary of East Pakistan Awami League at its council session. He was the adjacent point of Jukta Front among Shere Bangla, Maolana Vashani and Hossain Shahid Sarwardi. In 1955, he was elected a member of the legislative assembly on June 5.

In 65, government deemed him as the main culprit and charged with sedition case. But then came the historic moment of February 5, 1966. Bangabandhu placed the historical 6-point demand before the select committee of the conference. This historical 6 point-demand paved the way of our Great Liberation War. In ’68, the Pakistani government instituted the notorious Agartala conspiracy case against Bangabandhu.

In ’69, the Central Students Action Council was formed to press for the acceptance of the 11-point demand that included the 6-point demand of Bangabandhu.The movement peaked into an unprecedented mass upsurge that forced Ayub Khan to bow to the continued mass protests and freed Bangabandhu and the co-accused. In February 23, at the race course (Suhrawardi Uddyan), before a million of people, Sheikh Mujib Was publicly acclaimed as ‘Bangabandhu'(Friend of Bengal).

On December 5, Bangabandhu declared at a discussion meeting that East Pakistan would be called ‘Bangladesh‘ instead of ‘East Pakistan’.

In 1970, Bangabandhu was re-elected President of Awami League. Under his spurious leadership, Awami League took part in the General Election of ’70 and gained absolute majority. Awami League secured 167 out of 169 National Assembly seats and in the East Pakistan gained 305 out of 310 Provincial seats.

On March 7, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman addressed a mammoth public rally at the RaceCourse ground, where he declared:

” This struggle now is the struggle for emancipation, this struggle now is the struggle for liberation.” After that speech, the whole of Bangladesh was static in every sphere and started to follow every command of Bangabandhu.

On the fierce night of March 25, the Pakistani Army cracked down on the innocent unarmed Bangalees. Bangabandhu, in a wireless message, called upon for a entire resist from every section of the society. He was arrested by the Pakistani army on that night. Bangabandhu was sentenced to death by the Pakistani army.

In December 16, 1971, Bangladesh became a free nation under the leadership of Bangabandhu. Bangabandhu was freed from the Pakistani jail on January 8, 1972 and returned to his beloved country on January 10.

After that started the reconstruction work of the country. And under the leadership of Bangabandhu, the country piled up to the acme of the development.

But…. in the pre-dawn hours of 15 August, the noblest and the greatest of Bangalees in a thousand years, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was assassinated by a handful of treacherous military officers.

Ogo Banga janani, tomar konya pradhan mantee janthe paroni
chiro sahishnu banga janani

Begum Fazilatunnessa Mujib,

wife of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, born at      Tungipara, Gopalganj, August 8, 1930

Married to Bangabandhu at a very young age, Begum Mujib     was a witness from the closest to the many events the      father of the Nation went through in his striving for a      Sovereign and free Bangladesh. (She was a constant source     of strength to him, what came in the realization that for      most of his political career Bangabandhu sheikh Mujibur      Rahman was in incarceration at the hands of Successive       Pakistan  regimes). Begum Mujib’s task, apart from helping     Bangabandhu maintain his struggle against the political      domination of what was then West Pakistan, was to act as     the base upon which her family operated. The children, all     of them young required her presence at every stage.      During the War of Liberation in 1971, With the country at war and Bangabandhu in Pakistani prison, Begum Mujib never lost faith in destiny, her family’s as well as the country’s. Begum Fazilatunessa Mujib was endowed with rare qualities of head and heart, indomitable spirit and undaunted courage. She was a great source of inspiration for Bangabandhu sheikh Mujibur Rahaman. She was assassinated in the pre-dawn hours of August 15, 1975, moments after Bangabandhu fell to the foul conspiracy of men determined to take Bangladesh away from its part of democracy and secularism.

the sitarist and very musical
the sitarist and very musical

Sheikh Kamal,

Bangabandhu’s eldest‘ son,

born at Tungipara, Gopalganj,     August 5, 1949.

Sheikh Kamal, after passing his matriculation from      Shaheen School. Dhaka, and Higher Secondary Certificate     Examination from Dhaka College, did his Bachelor of Arts     in Honors in Social Studies at Dhaka University. He      practiced sitar at Chhayanaut, a School of music. at the      same time, he was involved in diverse cultural activities      and was also a keen sportsman. as founder of a leading      soccer club Abahani, which brought new trend in      Bangladesh Soccer, Kamal only reinforced the thought that     he was greatly interested in popularising sports throughout     the country.       At the political level, Sheikh kamal took part ADC to Colonel MAG Osmany, the Commander-in-Chief of the Mukti Bahini. On July 14, 1975, he married renowned Sportswoman of Bangladesh Sultana Khuki. Sheikh Kamal met his end in the deep darkness of August 15, 1975.

the Freedom Fighter

Sheikh Jamal,

Bangabandhu’s Second son,

born at Tungipara, Gopalganj,     April 28, 1954

Sheikh Jamal, after a period of studies at Shaheen      School, finished his matriculation from Residential Model     School in Dhaka. He learned playing guitar at a music      institution and was also a good cricketer. Detained with      his mother and other and other members of the family at     a house in Dhanmondi during the war of Liberation in      1971, Jamal found the means to escape and cross over      to a liberated zone, where he joined the struggle to free      the country.

While a student of Dhaka College. Jamal traveled  to      Yugoslavia for military training under the auspices of the     Yugoslav army. Subsequently, he trained at Sandhurst      Army Academy. After the trained at Sandhurst Army Academy. After the training he joined Bangladesh Army as a Commissioned Officer. On July 17, 1975 he married his cousin Rosy. Both were assassinated on August 15, 1975.

10 years old Sheikh Rasel
sudiptha chokher chahoni jemon sukantha bhattyachaiya

Sheikh Russel,

Bangabandhu’s youngest son;

born at Dhaka, October 18, 1964

At the time of his death, Russel was a student of Class Four at Dhaka University Laboratory School. In the political atmosphere in which he spent his days, Russel had his bicycle as constant companionship. He was especially attached to his father, of whom he saw very little. On August 15, after everyone else had been assassinated in the family, Russel pleaded to be taken to his mother. the killers, in a macabre moment, made him walk past the bodies of his close ones. Finally, when he confronted his mother’s body sprawled in the lobby, he burst into tears. `Take me to Hasina, who was then abroad. Moments later, the assassins put a bullet into Russel, Silencing him for good.

Sultana Kamal khuki

Sultana Kamal khuki

Sultana Kamal Khuki,

wife of Sheikh Kamal,

born at Dhaka, July 1951

Daughter of Dabiruddin Ahmed, Executive Engineer of Dhaka University, Khuki passed her matriculation examination from Muslim Girls’ School. She did her Bachelor of Arts and Masters in Sociology from Dhaka University. Besides her studies, she was a keen sportswoman and Succeeded in establishing a reputation for herself in the field. She came second in the Pakistan Olympics long Jump in 1966 and in 1968 Obtained a gold in the same sports meet. in 1970, She set an all-Pakistan record. Her stream of Successes never seemed to end. She married Sheikh Kamal in July 1975. A month later, She was assassinated with the other members of the family.

Parveen Jamal Rosy

wife of Sheikh Jamal

born at Sylhet, 1965

Parveen Jamal Rosy was the daughter of Bangabandhu’s Younger sister Khodeja Hossain, whose husband Syed Hossain was Cabinet Secretary in Bangabandhu’s Government. Having done her matriculation from Dhanmondi Girls’ School, rosy was preparing for her Higher Secondary Certificate examinations from Dhaka’s Badrunnessa College at the time of her Assassination. The marks of `Mehendi’, signs of her marriage to Sheikh Jamal a month earlier were still on her palm on the day she died.

Sheikh naser Rahman

Sheikh Abu Naser

Bangbandhu’s Younger Brother

born at Tungipara, Gopalganj

September 1928

Sheikh Abu Naser pursued his studies at Tungipara and Gopalganj. Owing to his physical ailments as well as the fact that elder brother Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was with politics, Sheikh Naser stayed around helping the family look after its affairs. At a later stage, he established himself as a businessman in Khulna.

Sheikh Abu Naser took part in the war of Liberation in 1971 and proved his merit through variety of activities.

Abdur Rab Serniabat

brother in law of Bangabandhu,

born at Barisal,

March, 1921

Passing matriculation from Barisal. Abdur Rab Serniabat came close to Bangabandhu at Kolkata Islamia College and Stayed With him at Baker Hostel. After doing IA and BA at Kolkata, he did his Law from Dhaka University and soon became a lawyer turned politician in Barisal. Serniabat was elected to the Pakistan National Assembly on an Awami League ticked in 1970 and joined the cabinet as minister for agriculture. After the elections of 1973, he was appointed minister for irrigation and flood control. Known for his staunch ideals, Serniabat was assassinated on August 15, 1975.

Sheikh Fazlul Haque Moni

nephew Of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman,

born at Tungipara, Gopalganj,

December 4, 1939

Sheikh Fazlul Haque Moni was a devoted follower of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and a resolute Organiser during the War of Liberation in1971. Earlier, as a student leader at Dhaka University, he displayed extraordinary telnets in organising resistance to the anti-people policies  of the Pakistani regime. After the liberation, Moni became founder-chairman of the Bangladesh Awami Jubo League. He also founded two newspapers, The Banglar Bani and the Bangladesh times and functioned as their editor. Known for the steadfast nature of his politics, Sheikh Moni was also assassinated in the pre-dawn hours of August 15, 1975.

Begum Arju Moni,

wife of Sheikh Fazlul Haque Moni,

Mother of barrister Fazle Noor Tapash

born at Barishal,

March 15, 1947.

Begum Arju Moni passed her matriculation from Barisal Government Girls’ High School and did her higher secondary Schooling and Bachelor’s from Barisal B. M. College. She married Sheikh Moni in 1970. Mother of two children, Arju Moni was pregnant when she was assassinated along with her husband on August 15, 1975.

Baby Serniabat

Daughter of Abdur Rab Serniabat,

Born at Barishal

May 20, 1960

Arif  Serniabat

Youngest son of Abdur Rab Serniabat

Born at Barisal

March 27, 1964

Sukanto Abdullah Babu,

Grand-son Of Abdur Rab Serniabat

Born at Barisal,

June 22, 1971

Shahid Serniabat

Nephew of Abdur Rab Serniabat

Born at Barisal

March 26, 1940

Abdul Nayeem Khan Rintu,

Cousin of Awami League leader Amir Hossain Amu,

Born at Barisal,

December 1, 1957

Colonel Jamiluddin Ahmed

Principal Security Officer to Bangabandhu,

Born at Gopalganj,

February 1, 1933

Jamiluddin Ahmed joined the Pakistan Army as a cadet in 1952 and was commissioned as and officer in 1955. Returning to Bangladesh from Pakistan in 1973. He joined the Prime Minister’s secretariat and took over the Charge of Bangabandhu’s Security. On August 15, 1975, moments before he was assassinated, Bangabandhu Called him and informed him of the attack on his residence. Losing not a moment, col. Jamil rushed to save Father of the Nation and President of the Republic. But before he could reach Bangabandhu’s residence, he was assassinated outside Sobhanbagh residence.


One response to “15 August Dark episode

  1. Moktel Hossain Mukthi

    জানুয়ারি 21, 2011 at 12:16 অপরাহ্ন

    দূরের এবং কাছের, দেশে এবং দেশের বাইরের সকল বাংলা ভাষাভাষী ভাই বোনদের ৪০তম মহান স্বাধীনতার এই মাসে জানাই মুজিবীয় সুভেচ্ছা এবং সকল শহীদদের প্রতি জানাচ্ছি গভীর শ্রদ্ধা । মহান স্বাধীনতার মহা নায়ক, সর্বকালের সর্বশ্রেষ্ঠ বাঙ্গালী জাতির জনক বঙ্গবন্ধু শেখ মুজিবের অনুপস্থিতিতে এ দিবসটি উদযাপনে সকলের কাছেই একটা বিরাট শুন্যতা ভীর করছে। আমরা জানি তাঁকে আর ফিরে পাওয়া যাবেনা। যে একবার যায় সে আর ফিরে না, এইতো বিধির অমোঘ নিয়ম। বাঙ্গালী জাতি যে সোনার মানুষটিকে হারিয়েছে এবং ১৯৭৫ সালের ১৫ই অগাস্ট গুটিকয়েক বন্দুকধারী বিপথগামী কুজন্মা কুলাঙ্গার এই বিশ্বকাপানো বিশ্বনেতাকে রাতের অন্ধকারে কাপুরুষের মত স্বপরিবারে হত্যার মাধ্যমে স্বাধীনতার লাল আর সবুজের পতাকায় আবার চন্দ্রবিন্দু (চাঁদ তারা) বসানোর হীন চক্রান্তে লিপ্ত হয়েছিলো।

    বঙ্গবন্ধুর অকাল প্রয়াণে ৩০ লক্ষ বাঙ্গালীর তাজা রক্ত আর লক্ষ লক্ষ মা-বোনের মহা সম্পদ সম্ভ্রম ইজ্জতের মুল্যে কেনা মহান স্বাধীনতা হুমকির সম্মুখীন হয়েছিলো। আল্লাহর অশেষ মেহেরবানী বঙ্গবন্ধুকণ্যা জননেত্রী শেখ হাসিনা তাঁর মেধা এবং চোউকশ বুদ্ধিমত্তা তথা মহান মুক্তিযুদ্ধের চেতনায়শিক্ত বাংলাদেশ আওয়ামী লীগের বলিষ্ঠ ভূমিকা এবং স্বাধীনতাপ্রিয় কোটি কোটি মানুষের ত্যাগ তিতিক্ষা, দেশমাতৃকার টানে উদ্গত অগাধ ভালোবাসা, সর্বপরি জাতীয় ঔক্য সকল বাঁধা বিপত্তিকে কাটিয়ে বাংলাদেশের রাজনীতির ইতিহাসে সর্বকালের সকল রেকর্ড ভঙ্গ করে বিপুল ভোটে বিজয়ের মাধ্যমে দিতীয়বার মন্ত্রীপরিষদ গঠণ করেছেন ।
    জননেত্রী শেখ হাসিনা তাঁর নিবাচনী ইশ্তেহারে স্বাধীনতা বিরোধীদের যথাযথ বিচার প্রতিষ্ঠার ক্ষেত্রে আইনানুগ ব্যবস্থা গ্রহণ এবং ডিজিটাল বাংলাদেশ গড়ার প্রতিশ্রতি প্রদান করেছিলেন । আমরা এখনো আশাবাদী এবং ইনশাল্লাহ তিনি সফল হবেনই।
    গোটা জাতি এখনো রাজাকার আল বদর এবং আল শামসদের বিচারের আশায় মাননীয় প্রধানমন্ত্রীর দিকে বুকভরা আশা নিয়ে তাকিয়ে আছে। দ্রব্যমুল্যস্ফীতির কথা বাদ দিলেও রাজাকারের বিচারের বিষয়টি কোনোভাবেই বাদ দেয়া যায়না। গ্যাস বিদ্যুৎ পানিসহ জাতীয় উন্নয়ন সরকারের আগামী অদূর ভবিষ্যতে পুনঃরায় ক্ষমতায়নের ক্ষেত্রে সহায়ক ভূমিকা পালন করতে পারে। কিন্তু রাজাকারের যথযথ শাস্তিরবিধান একমাত্র আওয়ামী লীগই করতে পারে। চাই ক্ষমতায় দ্বিতীয়বার আসুক আর নাই আসুক। এবং এই বিচার যদি কোনো কারনে বিলম্বিত বা নস্যাৎ হয় তাহলে আমরা ৩০ লক্ষ সহিদের রক্তের সাথে বেঈমানী করার সামিল হবো।
    জাতিরজনক বঙ্গবন্ধু হত্যামামলা ১৯৯৬ -২০০১ সময়ের মধ্যেই শেষ করা যেতো। কিন্তু সেখানে বিশেষ বুদ্ধিজীবীদের গদ গদ উপদেশ মাননীয়া প্রধানমন্ত্রীকে আগামী দিনের ইস্যু হাতে রাখার কবজ বা তাবীয হিসাবে কাজ করবে বলে উৎসাহিত করা হয় এবং মাননীয়নেত্রী বাধ্য হন “বঙ্গবন্ধু হত্যামামলা ধীরস্থীর গতিতে চলার নীতি” গ্রহণ করতে।
    আমি এ লেখাটি লিখতাম না, জানি, যদিও আমার কোনো কোনো ভাই একটু রাগ করবেন। সম্প্রতি আমার কাছে ক্যানাডা থেকে আমার এক “মা” অথবা যদি বলি আমার এক “বোন” আমার কাছে এক হ্রদয় বিদারক ম্যাছেজ পাঠিয়ে জানতে চেয়েছে তাঁর জন্মগত পরিচয় কী? ?????????????????????????

    ঐ ম্যাছেজটি আমার ৩৯ বছরের “বাংলাদেশ” নামের কন্যা সন্তান আজ বড় হয়ে তাঁর পিতৃ পরিচয় জানতে চাইছে। আমাকে জিজ্ঞেস করছে, তুমি মুক্তিযোদ্ধা ৭১ এ যুদ্ধ করেছো? তাহলেতো তুমিই বলতে পারো আমার বাবা কে? আমার মা কোথায় এখন? আমি জে মাদার তেরেসার আশ্রমে জনমে ছিলাম, সেটি কোথায়? এবং শেষের প্রশ্ন “ আমি ক্যানাডায় কেন?

    আমি মূখ্র মোউড় কোনো জবাব দিতে পারিনি, শুধু ফেসবুকে সাবেক মন্ত্রী রাজ্জাকভাই, গোপালগঞ্জের মুক্তিযোদ্ধা সহিদুল আলম ভাই এবং মায়াভাইকে লিখলাম “ ভাই আমরা কি এদের খুঁজে বের করতে পারি? রাগে ক্ষোভে এবং প্রচন্ড ক্ষীপ্রতার সাথে লিখলাম, তাহলে ঐ নরঘাতক নরপিশাচ শুয়োর গোলাম আযম, নিজামী, সাঈদী আর সাকা চোউধুরীকে জিজ্ঞেস করেন?

    মোকতেল হোসেন মুক্তি

    Hi, this Mukthi from Madaripur district. Freedom fighter, singer, music composer and lyricist I couldn’t anything in my life. Neither had I done anything for the people. Whereas, I have opportunity a lots in my life that I couldn’t proper used for the people whom I loved so much. I loved father of nation Bangabandhu we couldn’t safe him & his family in 1975 being a freedom fighter that was one kind of burning fire on my heartiest chest.
    I have cried a lot on the streets in 1975 for Bangabandhu even I was on the streets until midnight as a mad and I have beaten the police officer at Tejgaon rail line in 1976 in absence of mind than finally central jail. The police beaten me whole night’s even put hot water to my face. Do you know why I have beaten that police officer?
    Yes, which I want to tell you. That son of bitch used slang and foul language to Shahid Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib at that midnight while I was coming from FDC Studio. After 14 days my elder brother took out me from the custody.
    The empty ground of Bengali nation will never be fulfilling without Shahid Bangabandhu & Late 4 National Leaders. I am writing the song of remembrances those heroes given the independence of Bengali nation & singing on occasionally.
    (The memorial music album of Bangabandhu “mukthir gaan” 1 2 & 3 you may listen on:)


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