Dhaka: Bangladesh Prime Minister, Sheikh Hasina, has vowed to bring the convicted killers of her father and the Father of the Nation, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, back home as the nation celebrated his 93rd birth anniversary on March 17.
Sheikh Mujib was born in Tungipara of Gopalganj in 1920. He was the third among six children of Sheikh Lutfar Rahman and Saima Begum.
He led a movement to bring honour and recognition to what then was East Pakistan. But unbending rulers in Islamabad created a situation that led to a divide and war, out of which Bangladesh was born.
While studying at the secondary level he was attacked by beriberi disease and had to undergo treatment in Kolkata. As a result, there was a gap in his studies of few years. After passing the Matriculation examination in 1942, Sheikh Mujib was admitted to the Islamia College in Kolkata.
After the partition of the sub-continent, Sheikh Mujib chose Dhaka as the centre of his political activities and took admission in the Law Department of the Dhaka University.
The Pakistani rulers imprisoned Sheikh Mujib several times and he had to remain in jail for over a decade for leading various national movements since the historic language movement of 1952.
He was killed, along with most of his family members, in a military coup on Aug 15 in 1975.
In 2009, the Bangladesh Supreme Court upheld the death penalty of 12 killers, including six fugitives. Of the 12, Syed Farooq Rahman, Sultan Shahriar Rashid Khan, Bazlul Huda, AKM Mohiuddin Ahmed and Mohiuddin Ahmed were executed on Jan 27, 2010. Another convict, Aziz Pasha, died in Zimbabwe in 2001.
The trial began in a Dhaka court in 1997.
Law Minister Shafique Ahmed that his government had information that the two convicted by the courts probably moved to Toronto. Maj (retd) Noor Chowdhury and Maj (retd) Rashed Chowdhury are believed to live in Toronto and Los Angeles respectively.
“The remaining might have been staying in Pakistan and Kenya,” he was quoted as saying in a bdnews24 report.
Officials at the Ministry of Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs had earlier said that Noor Chowdhury and Rashed Chowdhury had filed pre-removal risk assessment appeals in Canada and US respectively.
They cannot be brought back until the issue is resolved, the minister had said.
Ahmed had said: “It’s not right that they will be hanged once they are brought here. They will be allowed to appeal, file review petition and seek presidential clemency.”