Protests, hatred, hail and adoration mark the funeral and final departure of the top war criminal, Ghulam Azam, who was buried in his family graveyard at Maghbazar in Dhaka Saturday afternoon.
Followers of the Islamist politician thronged his Namaj-e-Janaza at Baitul Mukarram Mosque after Zohr prayers while war victims and youths imbued with the spirit of the Liberation War protested his burial in Bangladesh.
Senior Jamaat leaders, including its acting Ameer Mokbul Hossain and acting general secretary Dr Shafiqur Rahman, attended the janaza. But, no leaders of BNP and its associate bodies joined it as the party remained silent over his death.
Ghulam Azam's five sons-- Abdullahil Mamun Al-Azmi, Abdullahil Amin Azmi, Abdullahil Momen Azmi, Abdullahil Noman Al-Azmi and Abdullahil Salman Al-Azmi-- who live abroad could not join their father's janaza as they could not return home. The body was buried beside his father's grave at about 3:30pm.
Hundreds of leaders and activists of Jamaat and Islami Chhatra Shibir and other associate bodies started thronging Baitul Mokarram hours before the Ajan of Zohr was heralded.
The ambulance carrying Azam's body left his house at Moghbazar around noon and was soon joined by scores of Jamaat-Shibir men who were waiting on both the sides of the road.
Different organisations including Juba League, Ganajagaran Mancha and Online Activists Forum brought out processions, formed human chain and demonstrated protesting against his funeral at the National Mosque.
Someone from the crowd threw a shoe towards the white ambulance that carried the dead body of the convict at the national mosque at 1:20pm. Thirty three years ago, the Jamaat guru was beaten up by an angry mob on the footsteps of this very mosque.
He was thrashed with sandals while he was getting into his car after attending the funeral prayers for two Bangladeshis who died in Palestine - his first public appearance after being allowed to return to the country in 1981.
Government tightened security around the Baitul Mokarram area to avoid untoward incidents, as different organisations vowed to resist his funeral in the national mosque. Police suspended traffic movement in several streets around the national mosque in an apparent effort to facilitate the body's arrival.
Online Activists Forum and Bangladesh Sammilita Islami Jote held separate rallies in front of the Jatiya Press Club protesting the janaza of a war criminal at the national mosque.
However, police intercepted their processions as they tried to go to the national mosque to resist Ghulam Azam's janaza.
A few handmade bombs exploded in the area before the body's arrival, but no casualties were reported.
Azam's son fourth Abdullahil Aman Azmi, who led the funeral prayers, said his father's janaza and burial was held properly.
"Huge people joined my father's namaz-e-janaza, but my expatriate brothers did not participate because they were denied visas by the British government," said Azmi.
Before conducting the janaza prayers, some Jamaat leaders and Abdullahil Aman Azmi briefly addressed the crowd. "During his lifetime, my father consciously did not harm to anyone. He led a very simple life. He was jailed in a false case," said Azmi, a former military officer who was dismissed in 2009.
"Ghulam Azam will be properly evaluated if Islam turns victorious in this country," he said.
Azam, who received a 90-year prison term for committing crimes against humanity during the 1971 Liberation War of Bangladesh died on Thursday night at the prison cell of the Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University.