Momen urges expatriates to identify Bangabandhu’s fugitive killers
DHAKA, Aug 8, 2020 (BSS) – Foreign Minister Dr A K Abdul Momen
today urged Bangladeshi expatriates to be vigilant along with
Bangladesh missions abroad to identify fugitive killers of Bangabandhu
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 (fugitive killers),” 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
Momen said the foreign ministry gave special instructions to all
Bangladesh missions abroad to hunt for fugitive convicted killers of
Father of the Nation Bangabandhu 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
Twelve ex-military officers were sentenced to death for the August
15, 1975 killing of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu 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.