Bangladesh observes National Mourning Day

With the national flag down at half-mast, Bangladesh is observing the National Mourning Day on Thursday, marking the 44th anniversary of the assassination of the country’s founding father Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. 
   The day began with President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina paying homage to the father of the nation by placing wreaths at his portrait in front of the Bangabandhu Memorial Museum on Dhanmondi Road No. 32 in Dhaka, site of the barbaric carnage on this day 44 years ago, reports Xinhua.
   After placing wreaths, the president and prime minister stood in solemn silence for some time, showing their respect for the great leader. 
   A smartly turned-out contingent of the Bangladesh Armed Forces gave a state salute, while a bugle played a dirge. 
   On this day in 1975, Bangladesh’s independence hero was assassinated along with most of his family members by some rogue soldiers in one of the bloodiest political assassinations in the world. 
   Only two of Bangabandhu’s daughters, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and her youngest sister Sheikh Rehana, escaped the carnage as they were abroad at the time. 
   Special prayers were held in Dhaka and elsewhere in the country.  Enditem