Staff Correspondent: The 64th birthday of Sheikh Jamal, son of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and Bangamata Sheikh Fazilatunnesa Mujib, will be observed across the country on Friday (April 28).
To mark the day, Bangladesh Awami League (AL), its associate bodies and other likeminded socio-cultural organisations are set to chalk out elaborate programmes, including recitation from the Holy Quran, offering milad and doa munajat, placing wreaths at Jamal's graveyard and discussion.
As part of the programmes, AL is scheduled to pay rich tribute to Shaheed Sheikh Jamal, a freedom fighter, by placing wreaths at his Banani grave at around 7.30am on Friday.
Recitation from the Holy Quran, milad and doa munajat will be offered there seeking eternal peace of the deceased.
Shaheed Lieutenant Sheikh Jamal National Smrity Parishad is expected to pay tribute to memories of Sheikh Jamal by placing wreaths at the grave of Bangabandhu's second son at Banani Graveyard on the day.
Born on April 27 in 1954, at Tungipara in Gopalganj, Sheikh Jamal did his matriculation from Dhaka Residential Model College and intermediate (HSC) from Dhaka College. He joined the War of Liberation in 1971.
While a student of Dhaka College, Jamal traveled to Yugoslavia for military training under the auspices of the Yugoslav army. Subsequently, he received training at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in Great Britain. He joined the Bangladesh Army as a Commissioned Officer.
Jamal was also a noted cricketer. He was also fond of music and used to play guitar.
On August 15 in 1975, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the country's architect, with most of his family members including Sheikh Jamal, was assassinated by a group of disgruntled army officers.
Bangabandhu's two daughters - incumbent Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and his sister Sheikh Rehana - escaped the carnage as they were abroad at that time.
risingbd/Dhaka/April 27, 2017/Nripen/A K Azad