Namaz-e Janaza of 50
victims including BDR Director General Maj Gen Shakil Ahmed and his wife
Nazneen Shakil of the bloody BDR mutiny was held at National Parade Ground in
the capital early yesterday amid state ceremonies.
President, Deputy Speaker of the parliament, the cabinet members, chiefs of the three armed forces, grieving families, lawmakers, retired army officers, freedom fighters, politicians, members of the civil society and hundreds of people participated in Namaj-e Janaza.
They witnessed a memorial parade for the 50 victims including 48 army officers, DG's wife and a solider slain in the heinous massacre by the BDR mutineers on Feb 25-26 at the BDR headquarters in the city.
Khatib of the army central mosque in Dhaka Cantonment, Md Mahmudul Haque, conducted the prayers at around 10:45am at the National Parade Ground.
Later, President Zillur Rahman, who is also the Commander-in-Chief of the armed forces, military secretary on behalf of the Prime Minister, Army Chief Gen Moeen U Ahmed, Navy Chief Vice-Admiral Zahir Uddin Ahmed and Air Chief Air-Marshal SM Ziaur Rahman placed floral wreaths on coffins of the officers.
Earlier, the dead bodies were brought to the Parade Ground in army lorries and placed on decorated podiums. Family members and relatives of the deceased burst into tears during the funeral function that created a sombre atmosphere there.
42 bodies were laid to eternal rest at Banani graveyard while eight others were buried at their respective native villages with state honours amid a sombre farewell.
In the funeral function, a 21-gun salute and flying salute by three fighter aircrafts were given in respect to the martyred.