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Crimes Against Humanity

2 death-row convicts held in Dhaka

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 1 February, 2023 12:00 AM
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Two fugitive men on death row convicted of committing crimes against humanity during the Liberation War in 1971 were arrested in Dhaka on Monday.

The arrestees are Nakib Hossain Adil Sarkar, 69, and Mokhlesur Rahman, 67. A team of Rapid Action Battalion-2 (RAB) arrested them in Dakshinkhan and Ashulia.

Khandaker Al Moin, Director (Legal and Media Wing) of RAB, briefed reporters on this at the force’s Kawran Bazar media centre on Tuesday.

During the War of Liberation, a brave freedom fighter named Yunus Ali from Kakchar village in Mymensingh's Trishal district ferried other freedom fighters by boat from one bank of a river to the other,

 the officer said. As it came to the notice of the members of Rajakar Bahini, they picked him up and took him to a camp at Ahmedabad, where they shot him dead on August 15, 1971.

On December 28, 2015, a son of a martyred freedom fighter filed a case against nine others in this regard with a Mymensingh court.

Later, the case was shifted to the International Crimes Tribunal in the capital. On January 23 of the running year, the ICT declared the death sentence for seven accused, including Adil and Mukul.

About Adil, the RAB officer said that he played a key role in forming Rajakar Bahini in Trishal in 1971.

The members of Rajakar Bahini led by Adil carried out different types of torture on people and killed many of them.

 He went into hiding in 2015 after the filing of the case.

During his fugitive life, he stayed in different parts of the country.  At last, he began to live in Dakshinkhan from where he was held.

On Mukul, RAB director said that he also played a pivotal role in forming Rajakar Bahini in Trishal. And he committed the same crimes that Adil committed.

Mukul also went into hiding in 2015. He began to live in the Ashulia area from 2017. He used to change residences after a few months to avoid arrest.