Killers of Bangabandhu Walked into Gallows

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Photo: Five condemned killers of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman were hanged early today at Dhaka Central Jail amid tight security. Mohiuddin Ahmed (artillery) was first to be executed at 12:05am and then four others walked to the gallows one after another.Four others are Maj (retd) Bazlul Huda, Lt Col (retd) Sultan Shahriar Rashid Khan, Syed Farooq Rahman and Maj (retd) AKM Mohiuddin (lancer). Tight security measures have been taken in and around Dhaka Central Jail over the executions. A large number of law enforcement agency members including RAB and police were deployed. Dhaka, Bangladesh. January 28, 2010.by Photo- A.M.Ahad,DrikNEWS.

Bangladeshi nation has finally had sigh of relief that the verdict of the Supreme Court of the self confessed killers of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the undisputed father of the nation has been executed.

5 of the 12 convicted killers were executed at Dhaka Central Jail last night, one already died abroad, 6 others are hiding. Nation could finally wipe off its curse. Bangladesh from rule of Jungle returned to rule of law.

The person who dedicated his entire life fighting for legitimate rights of the helpless Bangladeshis, person who spent most of his glorious youth behind the bar fighting for the autonomy, democratic rights of the downtrodden Bangladeshis, the person who could successfully motivate peace loving nation to resist and fight one of the strongest army to liberate the country was brutally murdered by some misguided elements of the armed forces. They proudly announced at home and abroad that they were killers. The cruelest part was that the conspirators, the plotters and the benefiaries passed act in the parliament indemnifying the killers from trial .Military rulers rewarded the killers with lucrative diplomatic assignment, allowed some of them to form political parties. These elements conspired to kill the two living members of Bangabandhu family.

Later Awami League government in 1996-2001 started the trial cancelling indemnity act .It took a long time to formally carry out trial process in civil court. By the time the next government was formed the appeal of the convicted criminals was the final stage of disposal.BNP-Jamat alliance government from 2001-2006 and Care Taker Government in two years did not take any initiative to complete the trial process. Finally PM Hasina led Mahajote Government winning the land slide victory in national election completed the trail process in about a year. 5 of the eleven convicts were executed.6 others absconders hiding abroad will walk the gallows as and when can be brought back from their place of hiding. Finally justice has been meted out to killers of the gruesome murder of Bangabandhu family including innocent women and children.

There is a saying that justice delayed is justice denied. Nation had to wait 35 years for justice and definitely justice is not denied here. Killing in any form of any one is a condemnable offence. Killers must face justice. But it is unimaginable to even think any civilised nation could keep the self confessed killers of its founder immune from justice passing act in the parliament. The government and the leaders who succeeded Bangabandhu government after 1975 till 1990 must also be brought under judiciary scanner for protecting and rewarding the killers. Killing of August 15th 1975 created more killings. 4 main leaders of the liberation war were killed brutally inside Dhaka Central Jail by the same group of the killers. The killer group and the defeated force of 1971 under state sponsorship carried out several killing missions. Many libration war sector commanders, freedom fighters in the army were killed to consolidate power of a so called liberation war front leader- planted agent of ISI from August 1975 till May 1981. Then another cunning fox conspired to kill several birds in the same shot to grab power and make Bangladesh the safe heaven of corruption and autocracy. Civil commotion overthrew the government in 1990.But true democracy could not be established. The beneficiaries of autocrat rule still dominated to propel the country to reverse gear. A popular government came to power in 1996 .Indemnity act was cancelled and trail process started. Government initiated massive war plans to rebuild countries economy from the brink. But unfortunately conspirators again conspired and installed their favoured rulers to power again to make Bangladesh safe heaven of corruption, anarchy and terrorism. From 2201- 2006 there was hardly any rule of law. There parallel government misruled the country, State sponsored terrorists carried out deadly grenade attack on opposition rally to kill leader of the opposition at the heart of the capital city in the broad day light. Elected MPs were killed, leading journalists were murdered. Government allowed terrorists of neighbouring countries safe hiding. Bangladesh was used as safe corridor for hauling deadly weapons. Bangladesh for four year in succession earned the ignominy of being the most corrupt country of the world.

Present government with huge mandate came to power in 2008 in a free, fair and neutral election acclaimed by all observers. They could hardly start functioning when another massive conspiracy to destabilise the country and unseat the government was staged through heinous killing at BDR headquarter in Peelkhna. The trail process of BDR carnage is continuing. Government is also proceeding positively to bring 1971 liberation war criminals under trial. All acts of killing and terrorism are set for proper probe and trial. The beneficiaries of all those acts are anxious. They are plotting and conspiring to create b new crisis.

People must remain alert to thwart all new conspiracy. People must stand solidly behind all good endeavours of the government. Government must also realise that people are its solid asset. Government must keep people aware of all its plans and actions. Government must make people aware of its challenges and limitations.

We can now have a sigh of relief that rule of law again has re established in Bangladesh. The killers of the greatest Bangladeshi ever born got punished. Bangladeshis in the committee of nation can again take pride that killers and conspirators in Bangladesh are punished according to the rules of law. We must congratulate the mahajote government for fulfilling yet another of its election pledges.

Kh. A. Saleque (Saleque Sufi) is the ex-Director (Operation) GTCL and writes from Australia.


214 Responses to “Killers of Bangabandhu Walked into Gallows”

  1. Ashikur rahman

    Dear Sir,

    You are a superb writter,but please for God sake stop miss guiding peoples,really cant appriciate what you have written from the 5th paragraph.

    Dont just always be one sided in what you write,speake the truth cause Almighty Allah is even watching what you are writting.

    Ashikur Rahman
    Country representative( Bangladesh)
    Hafele India Pvt Ltd

  2. Engr Khondkar Abdus Saleque( Sufi)

    Mr Ashikur Rahman , thanks for your comment.I just stated what has happened and what is happening.There is nothing of my own here. People know about these. There are no reasons to be guided or misguided.It would be more appropriate if you can be more specific which information of my write up you think is incorrect.
    Thanks again for reading and commenting.

  3. zml

    Dear sir,

    Please let us take the headline of this website to heart: The murderers are dead, let the healing begin. We, especially those of us aged 45 and below — that is people with no vivid recollection of East Pakistan — must unite for the sake of our motherland.
    By unite I mean we should try to build a concensus for future growth.
    Let us not waste our time any longer and discuss whether our dadas and nanas were muslim leaguers or Awami Leaguers. It is time to leave that legacy. Of course there will be sharp differences among us. But lets make sure that does not degenerate into violence.
    The healing process is not an easy one. I still find it shocking that most of the killers got cushy diplomatic postings after mudering the Father of the Nation and his family members. But what is more shocking is that many members of the Bangladeshi community in the countries that they were posted at regularly invited them for cha-nasta, dinner and lunch parties.
    I know this for a fact because I saw with my own eyes how one of the killers — who was hanged late Wednesday – was feted by prominent well-to-do members of the Bangladeshi community in a certain country. There is no need to go into details. It is what they say, water under the bridge. But even today I am ashamed. Some of those community members are now retired and living in Bangladesh.
    When I have run into them I am polite and they are polite to me. We just have to be tolerant of each other. But that does not mean we should let the six absconding murderers go unpunished. They must face justice and we must face the reality of living in a democratic society where Inshallah, the rule of law prevails.

  4. Asif

    Can someone please list the notorious judges who felt embarassed to prosecute the condemned cell inmates and assassins of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujicur Rahman. Shame on those unfit criminal judges!

  5. Madani

    Dear Zml
    You wrote very beautifully, I agree on many points you mentioned
    in your mail.
    I liked when you said ” when I have to run into them I am polite and they are polite with me. We have justhave to be tolerant of each other”, I just want to add a little, we must also allow the concerned
    authorities, the law to deal with all types of killers, any crimainal
    & we must not take the law in our hand.

  6. Madani

    Dear Sufi Saleque
    Thanks for your beautiful write ups. I am pretty sure you are from
    Faridpur where a great revolutionary leader like Bongobadhu Sheikh
    Mujibur Rahman was borned, you have noticed I mentioned “a great revolutionary leader”, this is what the most appropriate thing I can say about him, but but after he took power & became the pri Minister,
    President whatever he wanted, he was not successful in those roles,but yes his pre-independence role as a great revolutionery
    leader is extra-ordinary, till today we are yet to see any one like him & I think we all will not see anyone like him in next decades.
    What you wrote everything is almost correct, but if you say you are trying to see it neutrally then ofcourse many will not agree.
    I think you didn’t forget about Gen M A G Osmany, a very die hard
    & a complete politician like Taj uddin Ahmed, Sheikh Mujib didn’t
    do the justice with them, hope you didn’t forget the Rakkhi Bahini
    episode, how they were brutally used to protect Sheikh Mujib’s agenda
    like infamous & very unpopular BAKSAL concept & many more. Extra-judicial killings of so many political oponents. These things only encouraged a section of opportunist junior Army officer to take the
    full advantage of the situation & Sheikh Mujib had to die with his family for that. Sheikh Mujib started very well, but he couldn’t maintain that & God knows who gave him all those crap ideas.

    The self confessed killers just took the ground advantges which the then JASAD political activists earned with thousands of its followers
    sacrificed their lives during taht time.

    Sufi Saleque, you are from BUET & is from Chemical Engineering Dept, I think you remember the first protest march against the decision of suplying gas to India during Sheikh Mujib aura, it was led by your dept & followed by a large number of buet students.

    You are ok with with your write-ups, but I think some points were missing. No one including Sheikh Mujib is not above criticism, but of course at the same time the way he was killed is not at all acceptable & under any circustance the killers must be punished for justice & to deter any future adventurism of any one.

  7. imran

    To the writer of this article,
    Never try to mislead the people.It is true that 2001 govt. failed to keep their promises given to the people.But how they came to power?They came to power for the misruling of the A.L. govt. of 1996.Now a claim has arisen to trial the war criminals of 1971.Mr. Saleq can u please tell me why Bangabandhu instead of trialing those war criminals,showed a general mercy to them and started to oppress his political opponents of JSD,who also took part in liberation war?Bangabandhu didn’t poses any authority to show mercy to the war criminals without taking the authority of the Bangladeshi people.A.L. leaders instead of organizing the liberation war,fled to India.Only Quader siddiqui, among others, took part in the war.Do u have any prove that Zia was an ISI agent?Zia was a freedom fighter who made revolt first against the Pakistanis among Bangladeshi soldiers.Perhaps u have forgotten that history paves its own in spite of the face of manipulation.I expect reply from u with facts and documents.People like u who are misleading the people are the main destroyer of Bangladesh.If u want to express any thing towards the people,express fully otherwise not.Because ignorance is better than misinformation

  8. Khondkar A Saleque

    Mr Imran I wish I could talk to you. Who said that Bangabandhu pardoned War Crminals? He gave general amensty to poor members of Razakars against whom there were no records of killing , raping or arsenal. He hasd to let Pkaistan Army go to bring back stranded Bangladeshis. Collaborators law was passed in Parliament during his time.All religion based political parties were banned . 34,ooo killers , rapists were in zail. They were waiting for formal trial.
    I was involved in student politics in 1970s. Many of JSD leaders like Rob , Jalil misguided brilliant univesrity students in the name of scientific socilaism.Many bright students are still living miserable lives in Western Europe now. Mujib had manadate from people to rule the country. JSD gano bahini were the first terrorist group of Bangladesh.See Inu and others are now with Hasina who were proponents of JSD. Mollah Wahiduzzaman Prime Ministers secreatry was active JSD Leader.
    I am sorry Begal regiment of Joydevpoor first revolted aginst Pakistan Army. Zia was opportunist/Yes he was Z force commander.But he did not come to power through peoples mandte. He used DGFI to create JAGODAL and BNP> Did not he return citizenship of Golam Azam? Did not he make Shah Azizur Rahman PM.? Did not he repelaed Collaborators act? Did not he killd several Army Officers in mock court martial? JSD was definitely misguiding people at that time.
    I do not want to discuss about liberation war with you without knowing whether you have first hand knpowledge about it. People of Chittagong who were involved in Kalurghat Revolutionary Radio will tell you how and when Zia was brought to make announcement ? During my involvement of Gas Supply to Raujan project I had occassion to talk to several old persomns of Kalurghat who told me eye witness acount of 1971 days from March 26th -31 st.
    Through out the liberation war Zia was known as Major Retreat.Ask Meer Swakat Alai., Ask Col( Rtd) Oli Ahmed, Ask Major Rafique.
    Do not try to blame others without knowling back ground and reading authentic documents.
    People of Bangladesh knows what is our contribution to Bangladesh .We do not needd any certificate from any one else unfortunately.

  9. madani

    Dear Mr Imran
    I think Sufi Saleque was not misleading anything, what he wrote is almost correct, but yes he missed some points to mention & it is not possible to mention every details of the then historical events in this short space, I think Sufi Saleque & myself is of same aura as he mentioned he had some political touch since 1970, I myself was a university student then & I had the opprtunty to go through all of those historical events.
    When he mentioned “when & how Zia was brought to make announcement”,
    he got some points to say that, if you want to know every details
    of those events,you will have to go for a very indepth fact finding
    research, you must meet the then Radio Pakistan Chittagong officials,
    many of who are very reluctant heroes to come forward, but I personally know some of them & few of them have come forward to tell thier version in some overseas Bangla Daily as they feel unsafe to
    say some thing in their own country, what a tragedy, we are so uncivilzed to let one to speak freely, a unhealthy practice still going on in our country.
    The fact & many people including myself definitely agree that we heard Gen Zia made the declaration onbehalf of Bongobodhu Sheikh Mujib,but the back ground of this declaration must not be forgotten, there was a big political involvement to encourage Zia to go for that famous/historical declaration, we should also make a strong note of it, even Zia in his life never tend to disagree with that.

    I disagree with Saleque Sufi in one point about those people he mentioned like Meer Shawkat Ali, Oli Ahad, why one need to ask these people whoare not sure about themselve, if they had anything to comment about Zia,why they were mum that time when Zia was alive, instead they that time almost worshipped Zia.

  10. Habib Siddiqui

    I also agree with Kh. A. Saleque’s analysis revisiting the politics of Bangladesh. Like most conscientious human beings of our world, I oppose political assassination (interested readers can read my article on this subject in my blog). Political assassinations almost never solve the problems used as its raison detre. It is wrong. One can understand why the BNP, as a beneficiary of the Mujib-killings, did not want the killers tried for their heinous crimes, and protected them through the Indemnity Act. That absurd act, in itself, was one of the worst harmful acts, a slap to democracy, law and justice. It set the precedence that any killer could escape justice. Not all were lucky though to save themselves! But look, what it did? Within six years of Mujib murder, Zia himself was murdered by his own forces. If those killers – Moti and Mahboob – had come to power, would it have been okay for them to seek shelter under that Indemnity Act? I suppose not!
    By executing the convicted and confessed killers, what the Mahajote govt recently did was to bring about some semblance of justice that was delayed and almost denied for too long, and bring solace to the victims’ families that waited too long, almost hopelessly.
    I still can’t rationalize what prompted those killers to kill two pregnant ladies and a nine-year old boy? I have problem with those that see only vengeance or revenge in the execution of Bangabandhu killers. They forget that by executing those criminals Bangladesh has made a statement loud and clear for all to see and hear that such crimes will not be tolerated nor welcomed in the future. That in itself is a statement of moral higher ground!
    It is now high time to heal our wounds, and be forward looking. While justice for other killings should take its natural course, such should not be the most important or only priority for the current govt. It ought to reflect why it was elected and honor the pledges made to our unfortunate people, who have always hoped for a change for better and every time betrayed. Otherwise, this govt. would be thrown into the dustbin of history just like those that came before who refused to learn from history. Enough said!

  11. Arefin Siddique

    I never heard of Ziaur Rahman until the 15th of August, 1975. He was just one of those 7 or 8 sector commanders. He was just an over ambitious uneducated thirld world general who would hardly qualify as a NATO or US four-star general. I have seen majors or colonels in the US army who are far smarter than blockhead third world generals like Zia. Zia can be compared to Idi Amin, Mobuto or Charles Taylor. One thing they share in common is the harm to national growth and democracy they inflicted upon those poor countries.

    Zia shot into limelight because of the Cold War and an international conspiracy to overthrow socialist governments worldwide. He was lucky to have survived so many coups. Bangladesh calmed down following his assassination by his own men who despised him for his siding with the war criminals of 1971. he is also the man Bangladesh lost many of its freedom fighter army officers. Zia paved the way for induction of fascist Islamic fundamentalist in all branches of the government including the army.

    The self-confessed assassins of Mujib and family could not have flown out of the country to Thailand, a country which at that time was acting as a base for the US army during the Vietnam war, if they had no links with foreign powers. Because of some kind of assurance by the international conspirators the assassins were safe till the hanging of five of the twelve blood-dripping assassins so far. It took 37 years to hang five of the most dangerous and brutal assassins the world has ever produced. They killed men, women, children and fetuses on August 15, 1975 in a killing frenzy unknown in the history of mankind!

    Even today, the so called civilized democratic governments refuse to hand over the assassins to Bangladesh. My question is how could the terrorists,killers and assassins roam around all over the world without being apprehended. I am sure they had and still have close contacts with many state-sponsored clandestine organisations. Two of the most dangerous assassins Shariful Haque Dalim and Abdur Rashid are still at large.

  12. Ashfaque

    All these bastards had close links with the ISI of Pakistan. Many of these Islamic fundamentalist terrorists had personally met the Islamic fanatic Pakistani president general Ziaul Haque on several occasions and enjoyed his blessings and financial support.

  13. Vet. Dr. A. Momin

    Our 1971 Liberation-war has led our land to Freedom & Greatest Democracy of the world voting 98% Bangabandhu in which world was silent for 30 years of injustice not to bring the killers to justice but by the people for the people has not failed for this accountability in bringing justice to the peace and Law & Order loving people of the world. It is our beginning for a reconciliation for united national development towards economic freedom that secures “no one dies in hunger nor care” for a Golden-Bengal & Shawnirvhor Bangladesh free from corruption by every political parties and community & society!

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