Foreign minister AK Abdul Momen on Saturday urged Bangladeshi expatriates to be vigilant along with Bangladesh missions abroad to identify fugitive killers of Sheikh Mujib enabling the government to bring them back as well.
“We have already detected two out of five fugitive killers of Bangabandhu living in the USA and Canada … I urged all expatriate Bangladeshis to be vigilant to identify and give us information about three others,” he said.
The foreign minister told newsmen after paying tributes to the memories of 1971 Liberation War martyrs on a memorial at Mujibnagar in Meherpur district where the first Bangladesh government was sworn-in in 1971.
Momen said the foreign ministry gave special instructions to all Bangladesh missions abroad to hunt for fugitive convicted killers of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
The government had traced out that Bangabandhu’s two convicted furtive killers — Rashed Chowdhury and Noor Chowdhury — residing in the USA and Canada respectively, while the whereabouts of other three fugitives –Khandaker Abdur Rashid, Shariful Haque Dalim, and Moslehuddin Khan — are yet to be ascertained.
After knowing the location of the killers, the foreign ministry and the law ministry have been deeply engaged with the US and the Canadian authorities to bring back these two absconding murderers.
Momen expressed his hope to bring back at least one of the identified fugitive killers either from the USA or Canada during this Mujib Year marking the Birth centenary of Bangladesh founding father.
Meanwhile on April last, sacked military captain Abdul Majed, one of the Bangabandhu’s fugitive killers, was arrested and hanged at Dhaka Central Jail in Keraniganj.
Majed was on the run for nearly two-and-a-half decades to evade justice and after his arrest, Momen said, added that he (Majed) had been hiding in India’s West Bengal for the past 23 years and returned to Bangladesh on March this year.
‘It was a satisfaction that we had already been able to execute at least one of the fugitive killers — Majed — in this Mujib Year,’ he said.
Twelve ex-military officers were sentenced to death for the August 15, 1975 killing of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman along with most of his family members and five of them were executed while one died a natural death.
The five sacked army personnel – Syed Farooq Rahman, Sultan Shahriar Rashid Khan, AKM Mohiuddin Ahmed, Mohiuddin Ahmed and Bazlul Huda – were hanged at Dhaka Central Jail on January 28, 2010, while another convict, sacked colonel Rashed Pasha, died naturally in Zimbabwe while he was on the run.
Farooq Rahman, Shahriar Rashid Khan, Mohiuddin Ahmed of artillery faced the trial in the judge court while Huda was extradited from Thailand and another Mohiuddin known as Lancer Mohiuddin was sent back from the United States after the then district judge Golam Rasul delivered the judgment.
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