Tribunal sentences one to death for killing RP Saha, son

DHAKA, The International Crimes Tribunal (ICT)1 today sentenced Md Mahbubur Rahman to death in a crimes against humanity case lodged over murder of Danbir Roy Bahadur Ranada Prasad Saha alias RP Saha and his son Bhabani Prasad Saha in 1971.

Justice Md Shahinur Islam, chairman of the threemember panel of the ICT1, sentenced him

this noon in the presence of Mahbubur. The three judges read out summary of 235page verdict one after another, with tribunal chairman read out sentencing portion.

The tribunal found Mahbubur guilty in all the three charges framed against him.

The ICT1 on April 24 the verdict on CAV (curia advisari vult, a Latin legal term meaning the

court awaits verdict) as both prosecution and the defence concluded their arguments on that

day. The prosecution on April 7 concluded their part of arguments in the case.

The ICT1 on March 28, 2018, framed three charges of crimes against humanity against sole

accused Md Mahbubur Rahman alias Mahbub of Tangail.

Mahbub, 69, was allegedly a Razakar leader and carried out horrific crimes during War of

Liberation along with his family and associates from Razakar Bahini in his locality.

According to the charge framing order, Mahbub is accused of carrying out attacks in different

areas of Tangail and in Narayanganj along with his father and local Peace Committee chief

Wadud Moulana and brother Razakar Md Abdul Mannan.

On their instigation Pakistani army gunned down 33 Hindus in village Baimhati, ancestral home of RP Saha, in Mirzapur, Tangail, on May 7, 1971.

On that same day, Mahbub along with his associates from Razakar Bahini and Pakistani army

men attacked RP Saha's residence in Sirajdikhan Road area of Khanpur of Naryanganj town.

There, Mahbub and his associates detained five including RP Saha and his son Bhabani Prasad

Saha. The Razakars tortured them and took them away for never to return.

On May 14, 1971, 50/60 armed Razakars including Mahbub launched an attack on villages

Mirzapur, Andhara, Sarishadair, Durgapur, Kanthalia, Postakumari under Police Station

Mirzapur of Tangail.The Razakars detained 22 Hindus and tortured them. Later Mahbub

brought Pakistani army men, who killed the detainees later mercilessly.

Mahbub, who was arrested in another case, was shown arrested in under ICT Act of 1973 on

November 7, 2017.

The prosecution submitted the formal charge against the lone accused on January 11, 2018.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)