Bangabandhu’s Homecoming Day observed
Staff Reporter The historic Homecoming Day of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was observed on Saturday in a befitting manner paying high tributes to him. On January 10 in 1972, Bangabandhu returned to independent and sovereign Bangladesh after over nine and half months’ captivity in a Pakistan jail. Since then, the day is being observed by the nation as the Homecoming Day of Bangabandhu. Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, who was the inspiration of the freedom fighters, faced inhuman torture in the Pakistan jail where he had been counting moments for the execution of his death sentence that was pronounced in a farcical trial. On the occasion, Prime Minister and Awami League president Sheikh Hasina paid tributes to Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman by placing wreaths at his portrait at Bangabandhu Memorial Museum in the city’s Dhanmondi in the morning. Sheikh Hasina first placed wreath as the Prime Minister and stood there in solemn silence for some time to pay respect to the memory of Bangabandhu. Flanked by senior leaders of her party Awami League, Hasina placed another wreath as president of the party at the portrait of the great leader. Cabinet members, parliament members and senior leaders of Awami League and its associate bodies were present. Later, leaders of AL associate bodies, including Jubo League, Chhatra League, Sramik League, Mohila Awami League, Swechchasebak League, Jubo Mohila League, Krishak League and socio-cultural organisations laid wreaths at Bangabandhu’s portrait. On this day in 1972, Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman returned to independent Bangladesh after nine and a half months' of captivity in a Pakistan jail. Since then, the day is being observed by the nation as the Homecoming Day of Bangabandhu. The ruling party will hold a discussion at Suhrawardy Udyan at 2pm today marking the day where Sheikh Hasina will speak as the chief guest. President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina also issued separate messages on the occasion.