After 34 years, 5 of the killers of Bongobondhu Sheikh Mujibor Rahman got their due. After a two-decade long legal process winding through the courts, delayed by direct and indirect obstruction of justice by Moudud Ahmed and his BNP colleagues, Bozlul Huda, Mohiuddin Ahmed, A. K. M. Mohiuddin, Syed Faruq Rahman and Sultan Sharhriar Rashid Khan will meet their maker.
I have nothing significant to add to this long and well-known history, so I will look forward.
Madam Prime Minister, we know how easy it would have been for the five convicted killers to get caught in a “riot” and be accidentally killed. As cross-fires are happening every day outside the jail, one could have happened inside, too. Thank you for letting the law take its own course instead of staging a Siraj Shikdar escape attempt.
Perhaps the face of your little brother will not haunt your sleep any more. You have aided justice to prevail. Now let the healing begin. Work to make this the shonar bangla your father promised, that the country expected from him. Complete his unfinished work.
PS: I will end with a WTF! to our lawmakers and prison officials. Why are convicted prisoners being used as executioners? Since Bangladesh has a death penalty, why isn’t this a government job? Two convicted murderers were allowed to kill again in the name of the law. They probably even enjoyed it. Naturally, they will also be compensated and rewarded for service–better meals, perhaps some cigarette and money. Someone convicted with a 6–year sentence does not deserve this.
Its time to end this archaic practice. There are no shortage of state-sanctioned murderers in the name of cross-fire in the RAB and Police. Ask for volunteers from them, or appoint someone for the job, or ask for volunteers from the victims family.
J @ Shada Kalo [http://shadakalo.blogspot.com] writes using a pseudonym and is best known for exposing government, military, corporate foul plays through whistle-blowing investigative reports.