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Bangabandhu killer Majed hanged


Published : 12 Apr 2020 12:28 AM | Updated : 07 Sep 2020 08:41 PM

Dismissed Army Captain Abdul Majed was hanged in Dhaka Central Jail at Keraniganj on the outskirts of the capital for killing Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and most of his family in the darkest night of August 15 in 1975.

Several jail sources told Bangladesh Post that the hatred killer was executed at 12:01am on Sunday.

The time of execution was earlier set at 10:00pm on Saturday. But due to heavy storm, some officials concerned could not reach Keraniganj timely prompting the authorities to change the execution time.

Before execution, Majed was handcuffed and his head was covered in black hood. Two hangmen put one noose around his neck. Chief Hangmen Mohammad Shajahan and his main assistant Monir and Siraj were ready to pull levers to slide apart the scaffolds.

Dhaka Jail Superintendent dropped a handkerchief from his hand to give signal to the hangmen at just 12:01am. The hangmen pulled the levers immediately. Majed was kept hanging for half an hour to confirm his death, witnesses said.

The authorities had taken up a three-layer security measure for the execution. Members of Rapid Action Battalion, police and armed police battalion were deployed around Dhaka Central Jail in Keraniganj. Besides, intelligence agencies were kept alert to avert any untoward incident.

As the news spread earlier that Majed would be executed, many people started gathering at the jail gate ignoring police request.

A lot of people attempted to bring out processions in different parts of the capital including Bangabandhu's residence in Dhanmondi and on Dhaka University campus in the capital. But they were not allowed due the corona virus situation.

Civil Surgeon, Inspector General (Prisons), Deputy Commissioner, two executive magistrates and Dhaka Metropolitan Police Commissioner’s representative arrived at the jail before 11pm.

Jail sources said that earlier they bathed Majed and later the civil surgeon and two other doctors conducted medical check-ups on him.

The gallows beside the condemned cells in the jail were earlier prepared for the execution. The compound was lit with floodlights around 9:00pm.

The body of Majed will be sent to his village home by an ambulance under police and RAB escort after conducting autopsy.

Earlier on Thursday, Md Shahiduzzaman, Secretary for the Security Services Division of the Home Ministry, said that President Abdul Hamid had rejected the mercy petition of Abdul Majed.

On Wednesday, Dhaka District and Sessions Judge Md Helal Chowdhury issued death warrant for him as a condemned convict in the Bangabandhu murder case and read it out to Majed after he was produced before court.

The death warrant, wrapped in a red cloth was sent to the Dhaka Central Jail at Keraniganj where Majed was kept in solitary confinement, designated for convicts condemned to death.

A team from Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime (CTTC) unit of police arrested Majed from the city’s Mirpur Cantonment area early on April 6. On November 19 in 2009, the Supreme Court upheld the death sentences of Majed and 11 other self-confessed killers of Bangabandhu.

On January 27 in 2010, five of them were executed in Dhaka Central Jail. Six other convicts including Majed remained at large. In June 2001, another condemned killer died in Zimbabwe. In 2010, a task force comprising ministers and high officials of the foreign, law and home ministries was formed to locate and bring back the fugitives.

The government had also made global appeals in bilateral, regional and international forums to track down the culprits.

The five 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 was 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 election brought Awami League back to power under Sheikh Hasina’s leadership which vowed to bring to justice Bangabandhu’s killers in line with its election manifesto.