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Friday, August 14, 2015, Shraban 30, 1422 BS, Shawal 28, 1436 Hijr

Bangabandhu killers yet to be brought back from abroad
Saleem Samad
Published :Friday, 14 August, 2015,  Time : 12:00 AM  View Count : 499
In the next few days, the nation will mourn the assassination of country's independence hero and first President of the Republic, Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
At the crack of dawn on August 15 in 1975 some disgruntled army officers with a select group of foot soldiers riding battle tanks rolled into the private residence of Bangabandhu at Road 32 of Dhanmondi residential area in the capital Dhaka.
The officers brutally massacred the inmates of the house and announced on the radio of their crimes where most of them arrogantly claimed themselves as the killers of the founding Father of the country.
Although the killers of Bangabandhu were tried and some of them hanged to death, six assassins still have remained fugitives and are yet to be brought back from abroad, especially from the United States and Canada.
Bangladesh intelligence is tracking the fugitives who are on the run, since the court has found them guilty of charges of killing Bangabandhu.
Despite diplomatic efforts, Bangladesh Foreign Ministry have not been able to influence the countries where they are suspected to be living under false identity.
The assassins are on the wanted list of Bangladesh, as well as in the red list of InterPol.
Maj (dismissed) Noor Chowdhury, a fugitive living in Canada, could not be repatriated through a third country.
The Immigration and Refugee Board, judicial court of Canada has not yet decided on the fate of the application of political asylum of the former officer of the Bangladesh Army.
The Bangladesh government repeatedly blamed Canada for giving refuge, since 1996, to the most wanted fugitive Noor Chowdhury, now 63.
An influential newspaper Toronto Star, also lamented that he (Noor) had never been punished for his crimes. Noor is reportedly been living in his Etobicoke apartment near Toronto Airport.
Canada is unlikely to deport him to Bangladesh to face music for his crimes. The higher court has convicted him of killing Bangabandhu and faces a death penalty.
In 2009, the Supreme Court of Bangladesh confirmed Noor and 11 other military officers to death for murdering Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and most of his family members.
The military officers were stripped off military badges and dismissed from service after 21 years of being beneficiaries of the regimes of President Ziaur Rahman, President HM Ershad and the then Prime Minister Begum Khaleda Zia.
Of them, five officers were hanged, one died and six are still absconding. Syed Faruque Rahman, Sultan Shahriar Rashid Khan, Bazlul Huda, Mohiuddin Ahmed and AKM Mohiuddin were executed on January 28 in 2010.
The absconding convicts are Col (dismissed) Khandkar Abdur Rashid, Lt Col (dismissed) Shariful Haque Dalim, Maj (dismissed) Noor Chowdhury, Lt Col (dismissed) M Rashed Chowdhury, Capt (dismissed) Abdul Mazed, Risaldar (dismissed) Moslehuddin Khan and Lt Col (dismissed) Abdul Aziz Pasha, who died in Zimbabwe in 2001.
Similar communication was made with the United States government for sending back fugitive convict Lt Col (dismissed) Rashed Chowdhury.
Risaldar (dismissed) Mosleuddin is believed to be living somewhere in India under a fake identity. Others are believed to be living in United States, Canada, Pakistan and East Africa.
Canada refused to repatriate the convict Noor. Pakistan denied refuge to Dalim, the rogue officer who announced the death of Mujibur Rahman with adjectives.
Manhunt for a convict living in India is ongoing. Mosleuddin's whereabouts could not be located. Indian security agencies failed to mention whether he is dead or alive.
United States has not complied with repeated requests from Bangladesh for search, locate and deport the convicts Rashid and Rashed, both self-confessed killers of Bangabandhu.

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