Police finally arrested Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’s killer, Captain (dismissed) Abdul Majed, from the city’s Mirpur area early Tuesday.
DMP Deputy Commissioner (Media and Public Relations) Md Masudur Rahman confirmed this to Bangladesh Post Tuesday noon.
According to him, a team of Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime (CTTC) unit of DMP arrested him from Mirpur Cantonment area.
CTTC produced him before a Dhaka Court seeking a order to send him to jail till he was shown arrested in Bangabandhu murder case.
Later, Dhaka Chief Metropolitan Magistrate AM Zulfiker Hayat ordered him to jail.
Assistant Public Prosecutor Hemayet Uddin said Majed told the court that he was hiding in India and returned home recently.
He had been hiding in Kolkata for about 23 years before arriving in the country recently.
" The killer said he arrived in the country on March 15 or 16 from Kolkata,” said Hemayet, who talked to the convicted killer before the court proceeding started.
The self-declared killer claimed that he was not involved in killing Bangabandhu, Hemayet further said.
But when the prosecutor asked about his self-declaration after the brutal murders, he kept mum.
Hemayet claimed that Majed was not allowed to give any statement . According to law, a convict does not have any scope to say anything at this stage of legal procedure.
Legal experts said a report on his arrest would now be sent to Dhaka District Judge’s court, which originally tried the killers, for subsequent legal procedures.
Home Minister Asaduzzaman was asked whether India extradited Captain Majed.
In response, he said, "We found him in Bangladesh. Maybe fears over the coronavirus forced him to return."
The home boss later hailed the arrest. He termed the arrest as the biggest gift of the Mujib Year. He also thanked everyone involved in the process.
In a video message, Asaduzzaman Kamal said " Captain Majed didn't just participate in the assassination of Bangabandhu . We know that he also participated in the jail killing of the four national leaders.”
After Bangabandhu’s murder, he worked at Bangabhaban and other places following the instructions of Ziaur Rahman. We now hope to execute his sentence as per the court's directives, he continued.
The home boss said the verdict would be executed as soon as possible.
Captain Majed hails from Batamara village at Borhanuddin upazila under Bhola district.
His properties in his village have already been confiscated by the court.
While speaking to local journalists, Upazila freedom fighter commander Mohammad Ahmed Ullah expressed his satisfaction over the arrest.
He said, “I express my gratitude that the killer has been finally caught. Now the sentence should be executed as soon as possible.”
“The government has identified his properties at Borhanuddin. Though some have been confiscated, it is not enough. We want all of his property to be confiscated.”
A public representative of Borhanuddin and Doulatkhan upazila, Ali Azam Mukul said that they are very happy.
He said,“ People are expressing their satisfaction on social media as they cannot come out of their homes due to coronavirus.”
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 as he was on the run abroad.
The five were hanged at Dhaka Central Jail on January 28, 2010, after a protracted legal procedure while the delayed trial process began in 1996 when an infamous indemnity law was scrapped as it was protecting the assassins from justice until then.
They were sacked lieutenant colonels Syed Farooq Rahman, Sultan Shahriar Rashid Khan, AKM Mohiuddin Ahmed and Mohiuddin Ahmed and sacked major Bazlul Huda while another convict, sacked colonel Rashed Pasha, died a natural death 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 sent back from the United States after the then district judge Golam Rasul delivered the judgment.
Majed was one of the remaining fugitives believed to be hiding abroad with no confirmed whereabouts.
After the August 15, 1975 carnage, Majed was rehabilitated in civil service during the subsequent regime of Ziaur Rahman as an ex-cadre official and posted as the director of National Savings Department and later he was transferred to the finance ministry.
He fled the country along with most other 1975 coup plotters as the 1996 general elections brought Awami League back to power under Sheikh Hasina’s leadership which vowed to expose to justice Bangabandhu killers in line with its election manifesto.