Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader on Wednesday urged the authorities concerned to bolster efforts to bring back the fugitive killers of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, reports UNB.
“Strong efforts are ongoing to bring back the convicted killers who’re hiding abroad. We’re demanding to strengthen this diplomatic effort in the days to come,” he said.Quader, general secretary of ruling Awami League, made the remarks though a written speech to the media after the arrest of Abdul Majed, a convicted killer of Bangabandhu.
Majed went into hiding before the Awami League came to power in 1997 and detectives had been working to trace him ever since. Quader said the process to execute the verdict as per the court has already started.
He said the assassination of Bangabandhu and most of his family members was not only an effort to exterminate a party and its ideals but also it was to end the future of the country.
Five killers of Bangabandhu – Syed Farooq Rahman, Sultan Shahriar Rashid Khan, Bazlul Huda, AKM Mohiuddin Ahmed and Mohiuddin Ahmed – were hanged in January 2010.
Another killer Aziz Pasha met natural death in Zimbabwe in 2001.
On November 19, 2009, the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court upheld the death penalty of 12 convicted former army officials for the assassination of Bangabandhu and his family members.The fugitive killers are – former Lt Col Khandaker Abdur Rashid, SHBM Noor Chowdhury, Shariful Haque Dalim, Rashed Chowdhury, and Risaldar Moslehuddin.
Interpol has issued a red notice against them. The Awami League also demanded immediate execution of the death penalty against Majed. “We, on behalf of Bangladesh Awami League, are demanding the government and the authorities concerned for immediate execution of the death sentence,” Quader said.