The government on Sunday revoked gallantry awards of four convicted and fugitive killers of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
The Ministry of Liberation War Affairs issued a gazette notification, cancelling the titles of the self-proclaimed and convicted killers of Bangabandhu and his family members.Awards of SHMHMB Noor Chowdhury ‘Bir Bikram gazette no-90’, Shariful Haque Dalim ‘Bir Uttam gazette no-25’, Rashed Chowdhury ‘Bir Pratik gazette no-267’ and Moslehuddin Khan ‘Bir Pratik gazette no-329’ have been revoked, the gazette notification said.
Noor received the gallantry award ‘Bir Bikram’ while Dalim ‘Bir Uttam’, and Rashed and Moslehuddin ‘Bir Pratik’ for their contributions to the country’s War of Liberation in 1971.
“It is shameful for the nation if the gallantry awards remain with the four self-proclaimed and convicted killers of the Father of the Nation. That’s why the awards have been revoked,” said Liberation War Affairs Minister AKM Mozammel Haque.
The then government had conferred the awards on them in 1973 and issued a gazette notification to this effect on December 15 of the same year.
In February 9 this year, a probe body of Muktijoddha Council proposed revoking gallantry awards of those killers of Bangabandhu and their patrons and sent the proposal to the Liberation War Affairs Ministry for final approval.
The High Court on December 15 also ordered the government to suspend the state gallantry awards of the four convicted killers of Bangabandhu.