She says those who took part in the brutal assassination and stood beside them or prepared the ground for it are equally guilty
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Monday said the masterminds behind the August 15 massacre would also be gradually exposed in the near future.
“It was very essential to try the killers first. We’ve done it. And it will also come out eventually one day who was behind the killings. And that day is not far,” she said.
The prime minister was addressing a memorial meeting arranged by the Bangladesh Awami League marking the National Mourning Day and 46th martyrdom anniversary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
Also the Awami League president, Sheikh Hasina presided over the virtual function by joining it from her official residence Ganabhaban while other participants were connected from the party's central office in the city’s Bangabandhu Avenue.
She said all of those who took part in the brutal assassination and who stood beside them or who prepared the ground for it, are equally guilty.
About the demand for a commission to find out the masterminds of the cruelest mayhem, Sheikh Hasina said things would be very clear to all from the newspapers of those days.
“We will not need to go far to find them out if we see who criticized [the rule of Bangabandhu], who spoke [against it], and who prepared the ground. You have asked for the formation of a commission. But if you read the newspapers from that time, many things would be very clear to all,” she said.
Sheikh Hasina, also the eldest daughter of Bangabandhu, said the Father of the Nation returned home on January 10, 1972, and the conspiracy against him started the same year, not giving him time to rebuild the war-ravaged country.
It takes many years to rebuild a war-ravaged country, but criticism started against him just in one year, she said.
The premier also said the killings were carried out as Bangabandhu could not be detached from the mass people by spreading propaganda against him.
“Who had written those? Whom did they want to satisfy? Who prepared the grounds for the killings?” she said.
'August 15 carnage can be compared only with Karbala'
Describing the August 15 incident as the most heinous and cruel killing in history, she said this carnage can be compared only with the Karbala tragedy.
Sheikh Hasina said it is usually seen that only the head of the state or the premier of the government is assassinated for state power.
“Such carnage was carried out in Bangladesh, which can be compared only with Karbala. Women and children had not been killed in Karbala. But the women and children were not spared [in the August 15 carnage] in Bangladesh,” she lamented.
The conspirators wanted to exploit and deprive the people of Bangladesh forever, but the real revenge of the August 15 carnage would be taken when the people would get a decent life in every front, having food, cloth, shelter, education, and health rights as dreamt by the Father of the Nation.
She, however, said her government has already done a lot in ensuring the rights for improving the living standard of the people.
“My father had liberated the country. This independence cannot go in vain. It will be a success,” Hasina said adding that the benefit of this success would reach every house even in the grassroots areas and the people would have improved living standards.
At the outset of the event, a one-minute silence was observed in honor of Bangabandhu and the martyrs of the August 15 carnage.
AL General Secretary Obaidul Quader delivered the welcome speech, while its presidium members Begum Matia Chowdhury, Dr Muhammad Abdur Razzaque, Jahangir Kabir Nanak and Abdur Rahman, joint General Secretaries Mahbubul Alam Hanif and AFM Bahauddin Nasim, Religious Office Secretary Advocate Sirajul Mostafa, and Office Secretary Barrister Biplab Barua, among others, spoke at the meeting conducted by its Publicity and Publication Secretary Abdus Sobhan Golap.