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Crimes and Punishment
Staff Correspondent
Published :Sunday, 22 November, 2015,  Time : 12:00 AM  View Count : 32

Salauddin Quader Chowdhury (SQC) was found guilty on eight among 23 charges brought against him for his crimes against humanity committed during the War of Liberation in 1971 and the court awarded him four death-penalties on four separate charges and 50 years in jail in four other separate charges.
Besides, the top war criminal was acquitted on 15 other charges for the failure of the prosecution to prove his complicity in those crimes. The prosecution could not even produce any witness to establish six of the charges against him.
Earlier, the International Crimes Tribunal-1 (ICT-1) found him guilty in nine charges and awarded death sentences on four charges and jailed him for 70 years in five other charges.
According to sources, the International Crimes Tribunal-1 (ICT-1) awarded him death penalty on four charges - for his involvement in two acts of genocide, killing of Nutan Chandra Singha, and Awami League leader Mozaffar Ahmed and his son in Raozan of Chittagong. Moreover, he was also sentenced to 20 years' imprisonment each on three charges and five years' each on two charges.
The charges against Salauddin Quader are as follows:
Charge number 1: Led genocide through an order for abduction of seven people of Hindu community on April 4-5, 1971. Six of them were tortured to death at his 'Goods Hill' residence in his presence.
Charge number 2: Accompanied Pakistani army in the raid at Maddhya Gohira Hindu Parha in Raozan on April 13, 1971 killing Poncha Bala Sharma, Sunil Sharma, Jyoti Lal Sharma, and Dulal Sharma on the spot and Dr Makhon Lal Sharma died after several days.
Charge number 3: Crime against humanity for killing of unarmed Kundeshwari Oushadhalaya owner and social worker Nutan Chandra Singha of Raozan's Gohira on April 13.
Charge number 4: Accompanied Pakistan Army in the firing on a gathering that left 32 people killed and looted many houses forcing survivors flee to India.
Charge number 5: Crimes against humanity through genocide and arson by leading Pakistani Army to Banik Parha at Sultanpur village in Raozan on April 13, 1971 and opened firing on unarmed civilian Hindus leaving four people killed.
Charge number 6: Led Pakistani troops to Unsattar Parha at Raozan on April 13, 1971 and gathered people of the locality for a peace meeting. But following a pre-arranged plan, they opened fire on the people leaving 70 killed.
Charge number 7: Crimes against humanity for murdering Satish Chandra Palit on April 14 by setting his house on fire.
Charge number 8: Abduction and murder of Awami League leader Sheikh Mozaffar Ahmed and his son Sheikh Alamgir on April 17, 1971.
Charge number 9: Genocide, loot, arson and deportation. In mid-April, staying in a Razakar camp at Boalkhali, Salauddin provoked Pakistani Army to catch Shanti Deb of Munsirhat and kill him at Banik Parha. Burn down houses in Banik Para and Hindu Para of Kodurkhali.
Charge number 10: Accompanied Pakistani Army in looting the house of Manik Dhar of Dabua village at Raozan and torching the house of local Chairman Shadhon Dhar.
Charge number 11: Led genocide and though killing 76 people of Hindu populated Shakhapura village at Boalkhali. Family members of the victims and rest of the community had left the country to save their lives.
Charge number 12: Led Pakistani Army to Jagot Mollo Parha village on May 5 and killed Bijay Krishna Chowdhury Rakhal, Bibhutibhushan Chowdhury and Harendra Lal Chowdhury.
Charge number 13: Accompanied Pakistan Army to commit genocide,  loot and rape on May 10, 1971 at Ghashi Majhirpar. Six people were shot dead and two injured while five women were raped.
Charge number 14: Salauddin Quader and his accomplices assisted Pakistani Army in the abduction of AL supporter Md Hanif from his house at the bank of Karta Dighi at Raozan's Patherhat and took him to Goods Hill on May 20, 1971.
Charge number 15: Abduction, confinement and torture of Sheikh Maimun Ali Chowdhury in mid-May, 1971.
Charge number 16: Abducted one Omar Faruk on June 7, 1971, kept him confined to his Goods Hill residence and murdered him through torture.
Charge number 17: Abducted Nizamuddin Ahmed, Shiraj and Wahid alias Junu Pagla and took them to Goods Hill on July 5, 1971 and also tortured them.
Charge number 18: Tortured Md Salahuddin keeping him confined at his Goods Hill residence after abduction in the third week of July, 1971.
Charge number 19: Salauddin Quader took Tk 10,000 from two brothers--Nur Mohammad and Nur Alam--for their release after Pakistani army picked them up on July 27, 1971. Their third brother Mahbub Alam was also abducted and killed.
Charge number 20: Salauddin Quader, along with Pakistan army, picked up Binajuri Union Parishad Chairman Fazlul Haque Chowdhury in August, 1971 to Goods Hill and crippled him through torture.
Charge number 21: Abduction, confinement and torture on people.
Charge number 22: Abducted Md Nuru Chowdhury with the help of his Al-Shams Bahini in August, 1971. Nuru was tortured after being taken to Goods Hill and later released when his father paid Salauddin Quader TK 6,500.
Charge number 23: Tortured M Salimullah at his Goods Hill residence On September 2, 1971 as he had opposed torturing one of his Hindu employees earlier in the day.

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