'Bangabandhu's killer Mazed was in hiding in Kolkata for 23 years'
Published : Tuesday, 7 April, 2020 at 6:25 PM Count : 719
Captain (sacked) Abdul Mazed, who was given death sentence in Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman murder, had been in hiding in Kolkata for long 23 years.
Hemayet Uddin Khan, state prosecutor of the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate (CMM) court in Dhaka, revealed it while talking to newsmen on Tuesday.
"Abdul Mazed came to Dhaka on March 16 last. Later, he was arrested from Gabtoli area on Monday night," Hemayet Uddin said.
The Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime (CTTC) of police produced arrested Mazed before the CMM court at about 12:45pm on Tuesday.
Producing him before the CMM court, the CTTC pleaded to keep Mazed in jail until he was shown arrested in Bangabandhu murder case.
"Arrested Capt (sacked) Abdul Mazed is a convicted killer in Bangabandhu murder case. He was absconding for long. We appeal to the court to keep the convict in jail until he was shown arrested in the case," said the CTTC in its appeal to the court.
After the hearing, the court ordered to send Mazed to jail.
After assuming power in 2009, ruling Awami League government executed five convicted Bangabangdhu killers on January 27 in 2010. They are - Syed Faruk Rahman, Mohiuddin Ahmed, Bazlul Huda, AKM Mohiuddin Ahmed and Sultan Shahriar Rashid Khan.
However, five more self-confessed killers--Khandaker Abdur Rashid, Shariful Haque Dalim, Noor Chowdhury, Rashed Chowdhury and Moslehuddin Khan--have still remained at large.
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.
Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the then President, his wife, three sons - one nine years old - and the wives of two sons were gunned down by a group of disgruntled army officers. Two daughters of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman — Sheikh Hasina and Sheikh Rehana — survived the massacre as they were abroad at that time.