November 7: A Day of Memoirs of Great Grief

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MNA Editorial Desk: It is November 7, a day which some of us celebrate as National Revolution and Solidarity Day but for many, this is a day of memoirs of great grief.

After brutal killing of Bangabandhu on August 15, 1975 along with many of his family members, four national leaders; Syed Nazrul Islam, Tajuddin Ahmed, M. Monsur Ali and Quamruzzaman were killed in the safety of Dhaka Central Jail on November 3, 1975. It was done under the supervision of Major Faruque, Major Rashid and Khandokar Mostaq Ahmed.

Following that massacre, Khaled Mosharraf, Bir Uttam, who was a sector commander, according to many the most courageous among all sector commanders, during 1971 liberation war, a decorated freedom fighter and a solid follower of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, led a military coup to topple the Mostaq government and house arrested the then deputy chief of Bangladesh Army and another sector commander of 1971, Major General Ziaur Rahman. Khaled spared the life of Zia, may be due to their long time friendship and his respect for a fellow sector commander.

Later, under the command of Col. (Retd.) Abu Taher, a counter coup was conducted along with the involvement of many sepoys (low ranked army personnel) and janatas (mass people). They foiled the coup of Khaled as they killed so many top army officials including Major General Khaled Mosharraf, Colonel Najmul Huda and Colonel A.T.M. Haider – who were all iconic names among the freedom fighters. It is said that, Jatiyo Shamajtantrik Dal (JSD) played a vital role in Taher’s counter coup. Taher freed Zia and later Zia became the President of Bangladesh.

These all happened in between four days 3-7 Novermber, 1975. Those were the days of coups and counter-coups and so many brave souls and stars of Bangladesh Army were brutally killed in the process. Those days seemed to be the darkest hours of Bangladeshi history. This country suffered a loss from the killing of so many heroes of the nation in a blink of eyes.

NovemberAs Major General Zia was freed on November 07, 1975 from the house arrest and possible death, which later led to him becoming the President, his formed party Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) and its allies observe this day as National Revolution and Solidarity Day. In some cases, this day is also titled as ‘Sepoy-janata Biplob Dibosh’. It was observed as a National Holiday during the regimes of Zia, Ershad and also Khaleda Zia. This day was never celebrated by the Awami League regime or by any members of Bangabandhu’s family.

But during the regime of Caretaker Government in 2007, this national holiday was scrapped off. This was due to the fact that, it was not a day for celebrations rather this should be a day observed in sorrows of loosing so many golden souls of this nation.

BNP and its allies still observe this day in celebration. But they cannot deny the fact of brutal killings in those days as Ziaur Rahman later provided and executed death penalty to Col. Taher for his involvement in those murders during the counter-coup.

In the upcoming future, when this generation of the nation is so concerned to establish the actual history of the country, we might say that, BNP should recognize those days in mourning rather than celebrations.

The history is coming back strong as we have already seen the top Jamaat-e-Islami leaders hanged for their roles in 1971 Liberation War. Their sins were not spared in spite of their reaching the very top position in this country, which they never wanted to form.

There is a saying that, no crimes go unpunished. We hope, the crimes committed in those days of November 3-7, 1975 will also not go unpunished in the future. We hope BNP stops their celebrations as they cannot clear their hands for not mourning those departed souls in the near future.