Jail Killing Day tomorrow

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PV Desk : The nation will observe the mournful Jail Killing Day tomorrow by paying rich tributes to four national leaders and Liberation War heroes, who were brutally murdered inside the Dhaka Central Jail on November 3, 1975.

When Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was detained by Pakistani junta, the four national leaders — Syed Nazrul Islam, Tajuddin Ahmed, A H M Quamruzzaman and Captain Mansur Ali — led the country’s independence war.

They were sent to jail after the gruesome killing of Father of the Nation along with most of his family members on August 15, 1975.

The ambitious but comparatively junior and mid-level military officials with the blessings of the then self-proclaimed president Khondoker Mushtaq Ahmed, the most hated betrayer member of the Bangabandhu’s cabinet, killed the four national leaders in cells of the Dhaka Central Jail.

The four great sons of the soil were shot dead following repeated bayonet charges on the fateful day, less than three months after the August 15 massacre.

Syed Nazrul Islam was the acting president of Bangladesh government in exile during the nine-month sanguinary battle as the Pakistani military junta arrested the country’s founding father on the night of March 25, 1971 from his historic Dhanmondi residence soon after his formal declaration of independence.