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Bangabandhu’s killer Majed hanged

Published on: 12:36 am - Sunday | April 12, 2020

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Abdul Majed, one of the convicts in the killing of Bangladesh’s founding father Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, has been executed at the Dhaka Central Jail. “The convict was hanged at 12:01am Sunday,” Jailer Mahabubul Alam told on Sunday.

The prison authorities called Majed’s wife for a final visit as per the last wish of the death-row convict.

His body will be taken to Bhola for burial today although two MPs, including a former Chhatra League leader from Bhola have said they will not let that happen in their district.

After the execution, Law Minister Anisul Huq told : “We have pledged to the people that we will make sure the judgement that has been delivered by all the courts of the country, will be properly implemented and executed and I think for the 6th one we have been able to do it and we will continue till we have completed the implementation of the judgement.”

There are six other killers of Bangabandhu and his family who are on the run.

Earlier on Friday, four family members, that did not include the convict’s wife, met him at prison.

Majed’s death sentence was executed within four days after President Abdul Hamid turned down his clemency plea on Wednesday.

The same day, the Dhaka District and Sessions Judge’s court issued the death warrant for Majed, who was arrested in Dhaka on April 7.

 

After being on the run for over 20 years, Majed, a sacked Bangladesh Army officer who later served in different government positions, was arrested in the early hours of Tuesday in Dhaka.

One of the 12 assassins awarded the death penalty for the 1975 killings, Majed had been hiding in Libya and Pakistan before moving to neighbouring India and residing there for the last about two decades.

Majed crossed over into Bangladesh on March 15 or 16 through the border in Mymensingh after the coronavirus pandemic unfolded.

The sacked army officer, who later served in different government positions, including at Bangladesh missions abroad, fled the country after the Awami League assumed office in 1996.

During initial interrogation, Majed said he had been living in neighbouring India for more than 20 years.

After going to India in 1996, he travelled to Libya and then Pakistan, before returning to India, where he had been living in different states. But for the last three to four years he had been living in Kolkata and was in touch with his family in Bangladesh.

Majed, who hails from the southern district of Bhola, was also involved in the murder of the four national leaders in Dhaka Central Jail on November 3, 1975, Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan said after his arrest.

He then worked at Bangabhaban, before leaving Bangladesh the same year, along with the other army officers involved in the assassination, for Libya.

Majed was then appointed to the Bangladesh embassy in Senegal by military ruler Ziaur Rahman.

In 1980, he was appointed to the Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Corporation (BIWTC) with the rank and status of a deputy secretary. He was subsequently promoted as secretary and served as the director of Department of Youth Development and Department of National Savings.

Majed went into hiding after the Awami League won the national elections in 1996.

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