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Bangabandhu killing: 44 years on, 6 killers still on the run

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Although 44 years have elapsed and the ruling Awami League has been in office for the past 11-years, six self-confessed fugitive killers of the country’s founding father Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman remain at large.

Although 44 years have elapsed and the ruling Awami League has been in office for the past 11-years, six self-confessed fugitive killers of the country’s founding father Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman remain at large.

The government is in dark about the whereabouts of most of these sefl-confessed killers.

The absconding killers are Khandaker Abdur Rashid, Shariful Haque Dalim, Noor Chowdhury, Rashed Chowdhury, Abdul Mazed and Moslehuddin Khan.

Foreign Minister Abdul Momen recently said that the government was making all efforts to bring back the convicted killers who are hiding in different countries.

“Some self-confessed and convicted killers of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman are still absconding. We want to bring back at least one or two of them by next year,” he said.   

An official of the foreign ministry admitted that they were in the dark about the whereabouts of most of the convicted killers.

“But we are communicating with some countries considering the killers possible stay in those countries,” said the official.

It is certain that Rashed Chowdhury has been living in the USA with political asylum, while Noor Chowdhury is in Canada.

Sources say that the government also had some information about two others—-Moslem Uddin and Dalim, who have been hiding in Germany and Spain respectively.

But the government is completely in the dark about the whereabouts of the remaining two killers— Khandaker Abdur Rashid and Abdul Mazed.  Another convict, Aziz Pasha, died in Zimbabwe in 2001.

Foreign affairs ministry sources said they only know the whereabouts of Rashed and Noor, who are in Canada and the USA respectively.

The government was negotiating with Washington to bring back Rashed Chowdhury and official sources said they were hopeful that the Donald Trump administration would deport him to Bangladesh.

During Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s last visit to Canada, she reiterated her request to deport Noor Chowdhury.

After assuming office in 2009, the government exceuted five conviocted Bangabadhu killers on 27 January 2010. They are: Syed Faruk Rahman, Mohiuddin Ahmed, Bazlul Huda, AKM Mohiuddin Ahmed and Sultan Shahriar Rashid Khan.

The Interpol has also issued warrants of arrest for the killers, who have reportedly been changing locations to evade arrest.

The government earlier thought both Mazed and Moslehuddin had been hiding in India, but the Indian government could not trace them. Rashid was reportedly running a construction business in Libya and Dalim had been living in Pakistan.

The trial of Bangabandhu assassination case started in Dhaka in 1997, 22 years after a group of disgruntled army officers assassinated him along with most of his family members on August 15 in 1975.

The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court on November 19, 2009 upheld the death penalty of 12 convicted ex-army officers for the assassination.