Today, is 7th November, a day carrying a mark of divided politics of Bangladesh. This day has been apprised by many names by many political and social parties. BNP termed it as National Revolution and Solidarity Day, Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal recognized it as coup d`etat of public and soldier, again pro-liberation force referred this as the killing day of freedom fighters. In the eventful year of 1975, this day occupies an important place. On this day, the undaunted freedom fighter of our Great Liberation War, Major General Khaled Mosharraf, Bir Uttom had faced a pathetic fate.
On November 3, 1975, Khaled Mosharraf terminated Khondaker Mostaq, who came to power over Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman`s blood, From his power through a coup and detained Ziaur Rahman who was selected army chief by the killers. However, this successful hero of front line could not act orderly after the coup.
Although he wanted to get back the chain of command to the army a part of the army officer, supported Ziaur Rahman and Colonel Taher`s loyal revolutionary soldiers were preparing for a counter-coup since the first coup. Within 4 days of Khaled Musharraf`s coup, Bangladesh encountered another painful and bloody scenario on 7 November.
General Khaled Mosharraf was a successful Sector Commander of the Liberation War. `K` force was named after him. He was the inventor and planner of the tactical guerrilla war strategy of sector 2. The guerrillas trained by him were able to tremble the occupied Dhaka in `71. Whose valor made him a living hero in the war zone, had to die a miserable death while being at the unit of 10 East Bengal Regiment, located in the capital’s Sher-e-Bangla Nagar on 7 November.
Two charges against Khaled Mosharraf are often heard. The first of these, on November 3, 1975, after the launch of a military operation against the killers of Bangabandhu who supported Mostaq, and after successful completion of the operation, why the killing of four leaders in prison could not be stopped. Another complaint against him is why he gave Bangabandhu killers the opportunity to leave the country.
After reading various books containing the memories of that day, it was understood that Khaled Mosharraf was able to oust Khondaker Mostaq on November 3 after the 15th August massacre but was not able to take action against the killers of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. And even after arresting the army chief Ziaur Rahman, he could not set his authority over the whole army. Although Dhaka Station Commander Colonel Shafaat Jamil was in charge of the coup, other units of the army did not accept his leadership.
Khaled Mosharraf ordered to send two battalion From Rangpur Brigade and a battalion From Comilla Brigade to Dhaka due to lack of confidence in the army officers and soldiers appointed in Dhaka. Colonel Huda came From Rangpur to Dhaka in response to his call. But the accident was not avoided. From the book written by Colonel Shafaat Jamil, it is known that in the afternoon of 6th November `Revolutionary Soldiers` organization spreads provocative leaflets in the cantonment. On that day Major Hafiz told Shafaat Jamil that soldiers would revolt at night. They will do it responding to the call of JASAD and Sainik Sangstha (Revolutionary Sepoy`s Organisation). Subedar also said to Major Hafiz that Khaled Mosharraf and Shafaat Jamil would be killed.
Later, at the Bangabhaban, Shafaat Jamil informed Khaled Mosharraf about cantonment`s condition. Colonel Jamil knew about the start of the revolution at 12 o`clock in the night over the phone but there was no scope to take any action. On that night, Colonel Taher`s Sainik Sangstha released Major General Ziaur Rahman. Then at 3 am Zia talked with Colonel Jamil over the phone. Ziaur Rahman said, "Forgive and forget, let`s unite the Army." But on the morning of 7 November, Khaled Mosharraf, Colonel Huda and Major Haider who fought fiercely in the liberation war, got killed.
It is said that the rebel soldiers killed him. It is also said that his known military personnel killed him. Although long 43 years have passed, the killer of General Khaled Mosharraf is still not correctly identified. No legal process has been taken to bring the killers under justice. As a result, these killings have been confined to the mystery. Even no case was filed yet for Khaled Mosharraf`s killing.
Today, no one knows where the witnesses of his murder are scattered. But if the witnesses can find out, then the real culprit of Khaled Musharraf`s assassination can be found. If not, the murder of Khaled Musharraf will remain in mystery. Political leaders would bring the killing in accordance with their interest. No one will ever know under whose instruction which officer shot Khaled Mosharraf.