Govt asks missions abroad to find out Bangabandhu killers

Foreign ministry officials pay tributes to Bangabandhu in Tungipara

Published : 29 Aug 2020 09:06 PM | Updated : 06 Sep 2020 06:39 PM

Foreign Minister Dr A K Abdul Momen has said that the foreign ministry as well as the government has given special instructions to all Bangladesh missions abroad to hunt for fugitive convicted killers of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

He said this after paying the tribute to Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman by placing wreath at his grave in Tungipara of Gopalganj on Saturday.

Senior officials of the Foreign Ministry, led by Dr A K Abdul Momen, paid profound tribute to Bangabandhu there. The minister along with foreign ministry’s secretary Masud Bin Momen, additional secretaries and director generals of different wings placed wreath there and offered special prayer.

Foreign ministry’s birth centenary cell organized the trip for the officials marking the Month of Mourning (August).

BSS adds: Momen expressed his hope to bring back home at least one of the remaining five fugitive convicted killers of Bangabandhu within the Mujib Year marking the birth centenary of Bangladesh founding father. “I hope, we will be able to bring back at least another (Bangabandhu’s) fugitive killers in the country within the Mujib Year,” he told local newsmen there.

He said that the government had traced out that Bangabandhu’s two convicted furtive killers — Rashed Chowdhury and Noor Chowdhury — are 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 been engaged with the US and the Canadian authorities to bring back these two absconding murderers.

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.

Of them, 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 a natural death in Zimbabwe while he was on the run.

Farooq Rahman, Shahriar Rashid Khan, Mohiuddin Ahmed of artillery faced the trials 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.

On April 12 last, sacked military captain Abdul Majed, one of the Bangabandhu’s fugitive killers hiding in India, was arrested here and hanged at Dhaka Central Jail in Keraniganj.