Sheikh Russel Day is being observed in the country on Tuesday in a befitting manner coinciding with the 59th birthday of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’s youngest son Shaheed Sheikh Russel.
Sheikh Russel, also the youngest brother of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, was born on October 18 in 1964 at the historic Bangabandhu Bhaban at Dhanmondi road number 32 in the capital.
But he was brutally assassinated along with most of his family members, including his father Bangabandhu, on August 15, 1975 when he was a student of class four at University Laboratory School.
The Cabinet Division last year declared October 18, the birthday of Sheikh Russel, as Sheikh Russel Day under the category “Ka”.
To mark the day, government bodies, ruling Awami League and its associate bodies, and different socio-cultural organizations are observing various programmes at national and international levels.
Awami League leaders and workers placed wreaths at the graves of Sheikh Russel and other martyrs of August 15, 1975 carnage at Banani graveyard here.
Fateha, milad and doa mahfil are also offered there.
The day is being observed at Bangladesh missions abroad as well while different dailies published supplements highlighting the significance of the day.