Prime Minister’s International Affairs Adviser Professor Dr Gowher Rizvi has said following Bangabandhu's brutal assassination on 15 August 1975, the killers also plotted to murder Sheikh Hasina and Sheikh Rehana abroad, which was prevented by the host government of their country of residence at the time.
Dr. Rizvi, an internationally renowned historian and researcher, said there is evidence of a collective and individual conspiracy behind the assassination of Bangabandhu and his family that began during the liberation war long before Bangladesh gained independence.
"Bangabandhu was captured and taken to Pakistan not to be returned alive."
Dr Rizvi also said, “The main goal of the conspirators was to take back the country to pre-independence state and prevent Bangabandhu from establishing a progressive, secular and Bengali nationalism-based Bangladesh by killing him.
He said sufficient evidence of these has been found. "They will be disclosed in due course.”
He made the remarks while speaking as the chief guest at Bangladesh High Commission, London’s commemorative event on the 47th anniversary of the martyrdom of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and the National Mourning Day.
High Commissioner for Bangladesh to the UK Saida Muna Tasneem delivered the commemorative speech at the event, organised on Monday at a hotel in the Royal Borough of Kensington where Shadow Minister for Asia and the Pacific Catherine West, MP and Vice Chair of All Party Parliamentary Group on Bangladesh Lord Sheikh were the special guests.
Eminent member of student action committee of the 1971 overseas freedom movement for Bangladesh liberation in the UK Syed Mojammel Ali also spoke on the occasion.