Tuesday, 5 July, 2022

Crimes against Humanity in Naogaon

Ex-Jamaat leader, 2 others to walk gallows

The International Crimes Tribunal (ICT) has sentenced a former Jamaat-e-Islami leader and two others to death for their involvement in crimes against humanity in Naogaon during the Liberation War in 1971.

A three-member ICT panel, led by Justice Shahinur Islam, delivered the verdict on Tuesday. The other panel members are Justice Md Abu Ahmed Jamadar and KM Hafizul Alam.

The condemned convicts are Rezaul Karim Montu, Md Nazrul Islam and Md Shaheed Mondol. Of them, Nazrul has been on the run.

The judges read out a summary of the verdict at 10:30am.

Apart from killing seven people in Naogaon during the Liberation War, the convicts were accused of kidnapping, torturing, looting and arson.

 Montu was the Ameer of Joypurhat Jamaat from 1986 to 1991. A student of Rajshahi University at that time, he was actively involved in Jamaat politics during the war. The other two convicts were supporters of Jamaat.

Lawyer Abdus Sattar Palowan stood for the defence, while Syed Haidar Ali, Abul Kalam Azad and Tapos Kumar Bol represented the state.

Investigators started the war crimes probe against the accused on October 18, 2016 and they were indicted on November 30, 2017.

Both sides concluded their arguments on May 26 this year.

Montu, who was living in Joypurhat’s Sadar upazila, was arrested on February 11, 2017. The building he lived in is known as the

‘Razakar Building’ or a den of collaborators.

Nazrul lived in Dhaka’s Tejgaon and Shaheed Mondol was a native of Chapadal village in Naogaon.