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Tribute to Shaheed Sheikh Jamal on his 69th Birthday

National Desk

The Awami League has paid homage to the heroic freedom fighter Shaheed Lieutenant Sheikh Jamal. Sheikh Jamal, the second son of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, was laid to rest at Banani Cemetery on Thursday, April 28, on the occasion of his 69th birthday.

General Secretary and Minister for Road Transport and Bridges Obaidul Quader first paid tribute to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and later to the party. Central leaders of the party were present at the time.

Meanwhile, Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader, while responding to reporters after paying his respects, said that many people, including the BNP, were conspiring to assassinate Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina out of jealousy over her development achievements.

Obaidul Quader said BNP is an obstacle in the way of democracy and progress in the politics of the country.

Quader called upon all pro-liberation patriotic forces to unite under the leadership of Sheikh Hasina and said that everyone must unite to stop the politics of killing and conspiracy from the soil of Bengal forever.

After paying homage to the Awami League, the leaders of Dhaka metropolitan north and south of the party, allied organizations of the party and various social and sports organizations paid their respects.


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Jamal was born at Tungipara, Gopalganj on 28 April 1954. His father was Sheikh Mujib and his mother was Sheikh Fazilatunnesa Mujib. He was their second son after Sheikh Kamal. He was a freedom fighter. His sister, Sheikh Hasina, is the current Prime Minister of Bangladesh.

Sheikh Jamal, after a period of studies at B A F Shaheen College, finished his matriculation from Dhaka Residential Model College in Dhaka. He passed HSC from Dhaka College. He learned to play the guitar at a music institution and was also a good cricketer.

During the Great War of Liberation in 1971, Sheikh Jamal was placed under house arrest along with other members of his family. Later he escaped from there and led the great war of liberation. Sheikh Jamal crossed a very dangerous route from Dhanmondi to Agartala in India and joined the Mujib forces there. At the end of the training, he participated in the 9th Sector of the Liberation War.

Detained with his mother and other members of the family at a house in Dhanmondi during the War of Liberation in 1971, Jamal found the means to escape and cross over to a liberated zone, where he joined the struggle to free the country. While a student of Dhaka College, Jamal travelled to Yugoslavia for military training under the auspices of the Yugoslav army. Subsequently, he trained at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in Great Britain. He joined the Bangladesh Army as a second lieutenant in the East Bengal Regiment.

Sheikh Jamal was a shrewd army officer. He was a commissioned officer of the first batch of the long course of the Bangladesh Army. In 1964, Sheikh Jamal participated in a training camp as a cadet at the Yugoslav Military Academy. After completing his training at Sandhurst Academy in Britain, he returned to the country and joined Dhaka Cantonment as a Second Lieutenant in the 2nd East Bengal Regiment.

During his short tenure in the Second East Bengal, he left an impression of extraordinary professionalism and sincerity among the officers and soldiers. Within a few weeks, Sheikh Jamal became one of the officers and soldiers. He impressed the soldiers by taking part in the training grounds, tactics classes, and Obstacle crossings. He trained members of the battalion boxing team.

On 14 August 1975, he served as a Battalion Duty Officer in the Cantonment. On the night of 15 August 1975, Sheikh Jamal was killed along with other members of his family by a brutal bullet.

Bangabandhu’s two daughters – incumbent Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and his sister Sheikh Rehana – escaped the carnage as they were abroad at that time.

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