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PM Modi visits ‘Bangabandhu’ Sheikh Mujibur Rahman mausoleum, pays floral tributes | India News


DHAKA: Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited ‘Bangabandhu’ Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’s mausoleum in Tungipara in the Gopalganj district of southwestern Bangladesh on Saturday and paid him floral tributes.
Prime Minister Modi was greeted at the mausoleum by his Bangladeshi counterpart, Sheikh Hasina, who is Rahman’s daughter. Sheikh Rehana, Rahman’s youngest daughter was also present.
Modi, who covered her face with a mask, paid floral tributes to ‘Bangabandhu’ and was silent for a few minutes while Hasina and her cabinet colleagues offered ‘Fatiha’. He is the first Indian dignitary to visit Bangabandhu’s tomb.
He signed the guest book at the mausoleum complex and planted a sapling on its premises.
India’s prestigious 2020 Gandhi Peace Prize was awarded to Bangabandhu this week. It was the first time the award was presented posthumously.
Modi previously said that Bangabandhu was a defender of human rights and freedom, and also a hero to the Indians.
Rahman was imprisoned in Pakistan, which was forced to release him on January 8, 1972.
He returned to Dhaka on January 10, 1972. He later assumed the post of Prime Minister of Bangladesh, but was assassinated by some military officers during a coup on August 15, 1975. His wife, brother, sons and daughters-in-law were also killed along with him. Hasina and her sister Sheikh Rehana survived as they were in Europe.
Modi, who is visiting Bangladesh on his first trip to a foreign country since the coronavirus outbreak, attended the country’s independence golden jubilee celebrations on Friday, the centenary of the birth of ‘Bangabandhu’ Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in Dhaka.

Times of India