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August 15 Assassination

Gallantry award for trying to save Bangabandhu

Assistant sub-inspector of police Siddiqur Rahman, who sacrificed his life for trying to save Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman on August 15, 1975, has been awarded the Bangladesh Police Medal for his outstanding act of bravery 36 years ago.

The recognition came at the annual Police Week 2012, 36 years after the massacre at Dhanmondi house No. 32.

Siddiqur's son Mostafizur Rahman received the medal from Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at the inaugural ceremony of the programme at Rajarbagh Police Lines.

Siddiqur Rahman, who was an ASI of Special Branch of police at that time, was discharging his duties as security in-charge at the entrance to Bangabandhu's house on the fateful night when some disgruntled army personnel killed Bangabandhu and 16 of his family members.

Apart from ASI Siddiqur Rahman, Colonel Jamil Uddin Ahmed and sepoy Shamsul Huq also sacrificed their lives trying to resist the assassins and save the Father of the Nation and his family members.

Siddiqur remained deployed at the main gate of Bangabandhu's house.

Resisted, the killers sprayed bullets on Siddiqur to clear their way before raising hell inside the house.

Bangabandhu's wife and three sons, including eight-year-old Russell, were among the victims. His daughters Sheikh Hasina and Sheikh Rehana escaped the attack as they were abroad at the time.

According to police sources, Siddiqur joined the police department as a constable in 1971. His wife died in 1990 due to old age complications, leaving behind her two sons.

Apart from ASI Siddiqur Rahman, 58 other personnel from police and Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) were also awarded the Bangladesh Police Medal (BPM) and President Police Medal (PPM).

Of the 59 personnel, 11 were awarded the BPM and 48 the PPM. Among them, 20 personnel were awarded for their acts of bravery while the remaining 49 being honoured for their outstanding performance in combating crime.

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