People from all walks of life streamed onto Dhanmondi Road-32 yesterday to pay tribute to the Father of the Nation, as speeches of Bangabandhu and patriotic songs reverberated through the city.
It was not dawn yet. A false dawn spread its pale light across the sky. At House 677 of Road 32 in Dhanmondi, it was time to change guards while everybody was still in deep sleep: President Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, his wife Begum Mujib, sons Sheikh Kamal, Sheikh Jamal and Sheikh Russell, daughters-in-law, and brother Sheikh Naser.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday urged all to stay alert so that the country was not plunged into the dark era of post-1975.
Though the nation got justice for the assassination of the Father of the Nation 34 long years after the incident, justice is yet to be done for three more attacks carried out on August 15, 1975.
It was around 3:00am of August 15, 1975. Preparations for carrying out a barbaric assassination were almost done. Major Syed Faruk Rahman, one of the masterminds of the massacre, was sitting on a stool in front of the lancer unit headquarters in Dhaka Cantonment. An operation map was open on his knees. Execution of which would send a massive blow to the newly independent Bangladesh. Major Khandaker Abdur Rashid, another mastermind, was standing beside him.