Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today said BNP founder Ziaur Rahman was involved in the incidents of August 15, 1975 in which Bangabandhu and most of his family members were assassinated.
"Col Faruque (one of the killers of Bangabandhu) said that Bangabandhu was so popular that there was no way without killing Bangabandhu. They went to Ziaur Rahman to get his support before killing Bangabandhu when Ziaur Rahman gave such a signal that he would be with them," she said referring to Lt Col (retd) Syed Faruque Rahman's interview with BBC's Anthony Mascarenhas after the assassination.
The premier was addressing a programme at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre to mark the National Mourning Day.
Narrating the brutal killings, Hasina, also daughter of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, said after taking the helm of the country, Zia rewarded the killers with appointing them at foreign missions.
Hasina, also the president of ruling Awami League, further said Zia also rehabilitated the war criminals after assuming power.