bangabandhu: Ask me not, you won’t be able to bear: Sheikh Mujib

Creator Bangladesh and its maiden leader Sheikh Mujib had once confided in his younger daughter Sheikh Rehana that he had undergone much torture inside the jail in Pakistan.

Mujib (Bangabandhu) elder daughter, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, revealed this in her speech, commemorating the homecoming of Bangabandhu on its 50th anniversary on Monday.

“Much torture was probably inflicted on Bangabandhu, on which he never opened up with us, except for one occasion, when he said to Rehana – Ask me not. You will not be able to bear. It reveals the torture he underwent.”

Bangabandhu was abducted by the Pakistani Army in the early hours of March 26, 1971, at the onset of Operation Searchlight geared towards hindering the struggle for independence of Bangladesh.

On January 10, 1972, after spending nine and a half months in a Pakistani jail, Bangabandhu returned to the newly liberated and sovereign Bangladesh. A sea of people, overwhelmed by emotions, greeted their leader on the day.

Earlier, Bangabandhu’s grandson and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s son Sajeeb Wazed Joy lashed out at the rulers of Pakistan for their attempts to kill Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in a prison during the nation’s celebration of its freedom.

“On one hand, there was a heap of lifeless bodies of 3 million martyrs. There was the cry of over 4,00,000 violated mothers and sisters. On the other hand, there dawned the ultimate freedom of the soil of Bangla and seven crore people,” wrote Joy, who is also the info tech advisor to PM Sheikh Hasina, in a Facebook post from his verified account.

When the euphoria of breaking the thousand-year-long chain outshined the pain of losing relatives and dear ones, there was an attempt to murder the founder of Bangladesh Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman inside a jail in Pakistan, he added.

This was not their first evil attempt, though! In the early hours of 26 March, Bangabandhu declared independence through wireless, Joy said.

“The international media extensively covered the announcement of the freedom of Bangladesh. In the meantime, a special commando was sent to shower bullets on the Dhanmondi-32 residence of Bangabandhu from all possible directions. Then this best son of the Bengali nation was imprisoned in parliament areas, Adamjee Cantonment School, and different places of the Dhaka Cantonment. Finally, he was sent to the dark prison of West Pakistan on 1 April amid the highest level of secrecy,” he added.

“He was sent to a desolate prison at the hottest region Lyallpur via Karachi and Lahore,” he said.

He also promised to share more on unexplored history, with a call for learning and spreading true history.

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