The International Tribunal-1 (ICT-1) awarded death penalty to former Razakar commander Md Obaidul Haq alias Abu Taher and a member of the notorious militia, Ataur Rahman Noni, for their crimes against humanity during the country's Liberation War in 1971.
Three-member tribunal led by tribunal chairman Justice Anwarul Haque handed down the verdict after reading out 268-page verdict. The other two members were--Justices Shahinur Islam and Md Shohrawardy.
Four out of six charges have been proved against them.
Earlier, the duo were brought to the tribunal from Dhaka Central Jail by a prison van with tight security.
Freedom fighters and members of the Shahbagh Ganajagarn Mancha, gathered outside the court premises and greeted the verdict with open jubilation.
First: Razakar commander Taher and his accomplice Nani accompanied by other accomplices and the Pakistan army on August 17, 1971, attacked Baushi Bazar under Barhatta Police Station and looted valuables from 400-450 shops and 20-25 houses of the Hindus.
They detained and tortured up to eight people, including local Awami League leader Fazlur Rahman. All but Fazlur were released. Taher, Nani and their accomplices took Fazlur to Trimohoni Bridge and shot him dead.
Second: Razakars under the leadership of Taher on October 4, 1971, caught footballer Dabir Hossain at Sree Sree Narosingh Jeur Akhra and took him to Zilla Parishad Bungalow where he was tortured. He was later shot dead near Moktarpara Bridge in Netrakona town.
Third: They accompanied by other accomplices and the Pakistan soldiers attacked Laufa village under Barhatta Police Station around 2:30pm on October 19, 1971, and detained 10 people. Seven of them were later shot dead while one survived with bullet injuries and two were freed. Their accomplices also raped several women.
Fourth: In May, 1971 the accused occupied one Moloy Biswas' home at Moktarpara and set up a razakar camp. The house owner later left Bangladesh for India fearing his life.
They also forcibly occupied the house of Sirish Chandra Sarker and set up an office of anti-liberation party Nezam-e-Islami for carrying out atrocious activities against the pro-liberation people. Sirish and his family members were forced to leave the country.
Fifth: Between November 15 and 16 Taher, Nani along with other accomplices detained seven people including Badiuzzaman Mukto, an organiser of Mukijuddha, at Birampur Bazar and shot all but one dead.
In the first week of October, Taher and Nani along with Pakistan soldiers and other accomplices detained 15 Hindus from Netrakona jail gate area and took them near Trimohoni Bridge and shot them dead.