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For the subsequent 15 years, Bangladesh was ruled by the same forces that killed the Father of the Nation, sometimes under a civilian guise, sometimes under military dictatorship.
Khandakar Mushtaq, one of the masterminds of the killings, ruled for a few months before being ousted by General Zia who ruled till 1981. After he was murdered in an abortive coup, Justice Sattar came to power (1981-82). General Ershad ousted Sattar and assumed power in 1982 and continued his military rule upto 1990. In 1990, he was forced to step down through mass-upheaval led by Awami League. During these 15 years, the successive rulers tried their utmost to obliterate the memories of the Liberation War, efface the name of Bangabandhu from the minds of people, sheltered and even rewarded the killers of Bangabandhu, allowed the communal politics to operate freely. Coups, conspiracies, social anarchy and corruption went on unhindered in the country.
After 15th August 1975, there came another cataclysmic event that struck Awami League and led to a temporary leadership vaccum: four national leaders Syed Nazrul Islam, Tajuddin Ahmed, M. Mansur Ali and A.H.M. Kamaruzzaman were killed in Dhaka Central Jail by the same conspirators who had killed Bangabandhu.