The bloody history of the power struggle between General Zia-ur-Rehman and Bangladesh
On May 25, 1981, Bangladesh’s President General Zia-ur-Rehman told his military secretary that he would visit Chittagong on May 29.
The decision raised concerns among security agencies because when Zia decided to go to Chittagong, he also signed an order to transfer Chittagong GOC Major General Muhammad Abul Manzoor to Dhaka.
General Manzoor did not like this exchange. Although he had been in office for three and a half years. While sprinkling salt on his wounds, General Zia had also told him that when he arrived at Patinga airport on May 29, he did not have to be there.
The excuse was given that the president was going on a political tour, so the GOC did not have to be at the airport.
Manzoor took General Zia’s order as a personal insult.