Intellectual KillingsICT issues arrest order against Mueen, Ashrafuzzaman→ Staff Correspondent
The International Crimes Tribunal (ICT) on Thursday issued arrest order against two leaders of the then Jamaat’s associate body Al-Badr on charge of killing intellectuals at the fag end of the liberation war in 1971.
The accused facing the arrest warrants are Chowdhury Mueen Uddin and Ashrafuzzaman Khan.
On April 28, 2013, the prosecution submitted a 16-count charge against them branding them to be principal accused of killing numberless intellectuals to make the country merit less and to frustrate independence.
The International Crimes Tribunal (ICT), which is assigned to try the perpetrators of crimes against humanity during liberation war, accepted the charges against the duo and issued warrant for their arrest.
As the killing of innumerable intellectuals falls under the category of crimes against humanity, the prime suspects are set to be tried in the ICT.
Mueen Uddin and Ashrafuzzaman were allegedly the operation-in-charge and chief executor of the Al-Badr force, which was formed by Jamaat as its associate body for abetting the Pakistani occupation force in committing murder, violation and arson attack. They themselves committed many crimes, including intellectual murder.
It has been alleged in the charge sheet that Mueen Uddin and Ashrafuzzaman were active members of Islami Chhatra Sangha, the defunct student wing of Jamaat now turned into Islami Chhatra Shibir. The duo became part of the high command and took stand against the liberation war.
Ashrafuzzaman and Mueen Uddin were allegedly chief hangman and operation-in-charge respectively.
They are facing charges of killing 18 intellectuals. The martyred intellectuals include Dhaka University Professors Giasuddin Ahmed, Rashidul Hassan, Anwar Pasha, Faizul Mahi, Munir Chowdhury, Mofazzal Haider Chowdhury, Dr Abul Khair, Dr Santas Bhattacharya and Dr Sirajul Huq Khan.
The slain physicians were Dhaka University residential doctor Md Mortuza, eminent cardiologist Fazle Rabbi and ophthalmologist Abdul Alim Chowdhury.
The slain journalists include the then daily Ittefaq’s executive editor Sirajuddin Hossain, daily Sangbad joint editor and noted litterateur Shahidullah Kaiser, PPI chief reporter Syed Najmul Haque, daily Purbodesh chief reporter ANM Golam Mostafa, BBC correspondent Nizamuddin Ahmed and daily Shilalipi editor Selina Parvin.
The anti-liberation elements killed these intellectuals during a period from December 10 to 15 of 1971.
Accused Ashrafuzzaman was the son of late Azhar Ali Khan. He hailed from village Bejora Bhatra (Chilerpar) in Moksudpur Upazila under Gopalganj district. Mueen Uddin was the son of late Delwar Hossain Chowdhury. His ancestral house is located at village Fazilerghar at Jagatpur Union in Dagon Bhuiyan under Feni district.
The ICT issued their arrest order and asked police to submit compliance report within May 12.
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