Bangabandhu killer Majed hanged
Live Correspondent: Captain (dismissed) Abdul Majed, one of the convicted killers of the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, was hanged at the early minute on Sunday (Saturday night) inside the Dhaka Central Jail. Inspector General of Prisons Brig Gen AKM Mustafa Kamal Pasha confirmed that the death sentence awarded to killer Abdul Majed was executed by hanging him until death around at 12:01 am at Dhaka central jail in Keraniganj.
One hangman put a noose around the neck of the condemned killer while hangman Shahjahan pulled the lever to slide apart the scaffold at around 12:01 am (Saturday night) on Sunday. The additional inspector general of prisons, DIG prisons, senior jail superintendent, Dhaka’s civil surgeon, two assistant surgeons of the jail, a representative of the Dhaka superintendent of police, and the chief of Keranigaanj Police were present during the execution.
Following the execution, additional law enforcers were deployed outside of the Jail. Earlier on Friday evening, family members met Majed at Dhaka Central Jail in Keraniganj. On Wednesday, President Abdul Hamid turned down the mercy petition of Majed, clearing the way for his execution.
Also, on the same day, Dhaka’s District and Session’s Court issued the death warrant for Majed after he was produced before his court from the jail.
A team of the Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime (CTTC) unit arrested Majed from the city’s Mirpur area on Tuesday. On the midnight of January 27 in 2010, five condemned killers of Bangabandhu—Syed Faruk Rahman, Mohiuddin Ahmed, Bazlul Huda, AKM Mohiuddin Ahmed and Sultan Shahriar Rashid Khan, all former army officers—were hanged.
Among 12 death penalty awarded killers of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and his family members, six were executed so far. Killer Aziz Pasha met natural death in Zimbabwe in 2001. Another five killers—former Lt Col Khandaker Abdur Rashid, SHBM Noor Chowdhury, Shariful Haque Dalim, Rashed Chowdhury, and Risaldar Moslehuddin are still remain fugitive.
Of them, the government knew the whereabouts of Noor Chowdhury, Rashed Chowdhury and Moslehuddin while it was not sure about the two other fugitives—Abdur Rashid and Dalim. On August 15, 1975, Bangladesh’s founding father Bangabandhu and most of his family members were assassinated by a cabal of military men.
Eighteen members of his family, including Bangamata Sheikh Fazilatunnesa Mujib, three sons – Captain Sheikh Kamal, Lieutenant Sheikh Jamal and 10-year-old Sheikh Russel, two daughters-in-law Sultana Kamal and Rosy Jamal, brother Sheikh Naser, peasant leader Abdur Rab Serniabat, youth leader Sheikh Fazlul Haq Moni and his wife Arzu Moni, Baby Serniabat, Sukanta Babu, Arif and Abdul Nayeem Khan Rintu, were, among others, killed on that fateful night.
Military Secretary Brigadier General Jamil was also killed. Several members of a family in the capital’s Mohammadpur area were killed by artillery shells fired by the killers on the same day. During the assassination of Bangabandhu on August 15, 1975, Majed, Noor and Risaldar Moslehuddin along with others were present there when he was a lieutenant.
On November 19, 2009, the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court upheld the death penalty of 12 convicted former army officials for the assassination of Bangabandhu and his family members. On Nov 8, 1998, Dhaka sessions judge Golam Rasul awarded death sentences to 15 of the 20 accused.
They are Maj (retd) Bazlul Huda, Lt Col (dismissed) Syed Faruk Rahman, Lt Col (retd) Sultan Shahriar Rashid Khan, Lt Col (retd) Muhiuddin Ahmed, Lt Col (retd) AKM Mohiuddin Ahmed, Lt Col (retd) Khandaker Abdur Rashid, Maj (retd) Shariful Haque Dalim, Maj (retd) Ahmed Shariful Hossain, Lt Col (retd) AM Rashed Chowdhury, Lt Col (retd) S H M B Noor Chowdhury, Lt Col (retd) Md Abdul Aziz Pasha, Capt (retd) Md Kismat Hashem, Capt (retd) Nazmul Hossain Ansar, Capt (retd) Abdul Mazed, and Risaldar (retd) Moslemuddin.
Four of the convicts—Major (retd) Bazlul Huda, Lt Col (dismissed) Syed Faruk Rahman, Lt Col (retd) Sultan Shahriar Rashid Khan and Lt Col (retd) Mohiuddin Ahmed—appealed to the High Court against the verdict. The High Court on Dec 14, 2000 found 10 former army officers guilty of the murder. But the two-member high court panel was split over the guilt of five others who had also been convicted and sentenced to hang by a lower court two years ago.
One judge--Justice A B M Khairul Haque-- retained death sentences of all the 15, while the second--Justice Mohammed Ruhul Amin acquitted five--Mohiuddin Ahmed, Ahmed Shariful Hossain, Md Kismat Hashem, Nazmul Hossain Ansar, and Moslemuddin-- for lack of evidence. A third High Court judge--Justice Mohammad Fazlul Karim--acquitted three of the 15 convicts--Md Kismat Hashem, Ahmed Shariful Hossain, and Nazmul Hossain Ansar.
Dhaka, April 12 (campuslive24.com)//Az