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Finding Masterminds of Bangabandhu Killing

Framework for independent commission ready: Anisul

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 17 August, 2022 12:00 AM
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Law Minister Anisul Haque said the government has developed the framework for an independent commission to find the masterminds behind the assassination of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

“The outline of the commission is ready. Now it will be sent to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. The premier will make changes if necessary. She will give the final nod after the required amendments,” Anisul Haque said while addressing a discussion at Jatiya Press Club in the capital on Tuesday.

Sampritee Bangladesh, a citizens’ platform, organised the event marking National Mourning Day.

The law minister said the next step is very important, as it involves forming the constitution of the commission. He expressed the hope that they will be able to launch the commission by this year.

Anisul Haque said, “Those who were guarding the house (of Bangabandhu) trespassed and that is why they were able to enter the house. If there was any movement against Bangabandhu from the opposition party, it would have been accepted. Hence, it cannot be termed a political assassination. It’s conspiratorial murder.”

Slamming Ziaur Rahman, the minister said, “Many of his cabinet members were loyal to Ayub Khan. Ziaur Rahman started ruling the country with the aim of continuing this trend.”

He was strongly critical of some human rights activists who told the UN human rights chief that Bangladesh is a police state.

“But when they attend any talk shows, they even use rude language. We don’t interrupt. That is the freedom of speech. This is the freedom of media,” he added.

In his speech, retired Justice of Supreme Court Shamsuddin Chowdhury Manik suggested forming a strong commission.

He alleged that when BNP came to power, they destroyed all the information related to this murder. So, it is not a trivial matter to find them, he added.

The justice said that not only Bangabandhu was killed, but also attempt was made to strangulate his ideology.

Speaking on the occasion, Security Analyst Mohammad Ali Shikder said that the killing of Bangabandhu is genocide.

“This murder did not happen suddenly. That group is still carrying out political activity in this country,” said Shikder, also a retired major general of Bangladesh Army.

Former Ambassador AKM Atiqur Rahman also spoke at the programme while Sampritee Bangladesh Convener Pijush Bandyopadhyay, also an actor, chaired and moderated the discussion.