Death warrant issued against Bangabandhu’s killer Majed

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A Dhaka court on Wednesday issued the death warrant for retired captain Abdul Majed, one of the convicted killers of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, reports news agency UNB.

Dhaka’s district and session’s court judge M Helal Chowdhury issued the warrant after he was produced before the court from the jail.

Judge Md Helal Chowdhury of District and Sessions Judge’s Court issued the death warrant on Wednesday, Komol Kumar Dey, an official of the court, confirmed Dhaka Tribune.

Earlier on Tuesday, Chief Metropolitan Magistrate of Dhaka AM Zulfikar Hayat sent Abdul Majed to Dhaka Central Jail in Keraniganj when Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime (CTTC) unit under Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) produced him before the court amid tight security.

No lawyer appeared to defend Majed when Sub-Inspector Anisur Rahman prayed for detaining him in jail as he was showed arrested in the Bangabandhu murder case.

Assistant Public Prosecutor Hemayetuddin Hiron told Dhaka Tribune that Majed, a dismissed army officer, had himself claimed to have been one of the murderers of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and his family.

Earlier on Monday night, a team from Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime (CTTC) unit of police arrested Majed from Dhaka’s Mirpur Cantonment area.

On November 19, 2009, the Supreme Court upheld a High Court verdict that awarded capital punishment to 12 killers for killing Bangabandhu and most of his family members in a coup d’état on August 15, 1975.

On 15 August 1975, Bangladesh’s founding father Bangabandhu and most of his family members were assassinated by a cabal of military men.

Eighteen members of his family, including Bangamata Sheikh Fazilatunnesa Mujib, three sons – captain Sheikh Kamal, lieutenant Sheikh Jamal and 10-year-old Sheikh Russel, two daughters-in-law Sultana Kamal and Rosy Jamal, brother Sheikh Naser, peasant leader Abdur Rab Serniabat, youth leader Sheikh Fazlul Haq Moni and his wife Arzu Moni, Baby Serniabat, Sukanta Babu, Arif and Abdul Nayeem Khan Rintu, were, among others, were also killed on that fateful night.

Military secretary brigadier general Jamil was also killed. Several members of a family in the capital’s Mohammadpur area were killed by artillery shells fired by the killers on the same day.

During the assassination of Bangabandhu on 15 August 1975, Majed, Noor and Risaldar Moslehuddin along with others were present there when he was a lieutenant.

Still five killers remain fugitive — Col (dismissed) Khandaker Abdur Rashid, Lt Col (relieved) Shariful Haque Dalim, Maj (retd) Noor Chowdhury, Maj (retd) Rashed Chowdhury, and Risaldar Moslehuddin Khan.