Upholding of Azharul’s death sentence lauded in Rangpur

RANGPUR People of Rangpur region today lauded the

verdict upholding death sentence against assistant secretary general of

Jamaat-e-Islami ATM Azharul Islam on charges of crimes against humanity

committed in Rangpur during the War of Liberation in 1971.

The Appellate Division of Supreme Court today upheld death penalty of

Azhar, infamously known as 'Koshai Azhar', rejecting the appeal filed by him

against verdict of the International Crimes Tribunal (ICT)-1 delivered on

December 30 in 2014.

The ICT-1 found Azhar of Batasan Lohanipara area in Badarganj upazila of

Rangpur district guilty in five of the total six charges it had framed

against him.

The ICT-1 awarded Azhar with capital punishment for gunning down 15

unarmed innocent civilians in Rangpur city on April 16, massacre of over

1,200 unarmed civilians at Jharuarbeel in Badarganj upazila on April 17 and

abduction and murder of four teachers of Rangpur Carmichael College and

others on April 30 in 1971.

Besides, the ICT-1 sentenced Azhar to total of 30 years of imprisonment

for raping women after confining them at Rangpur Town Hall and torturing

Shawkat Hossain and Rafiqul Hassan during the War of Liberation in 1971.

Later, Azhar filed an appeal against his conviction on January 28 in 2015.

During the War of Liberation, Azhar was an intermediate student of Rangpur

Carmichael College and was also the commander of Rangpur unit of Al-badr, a

heinous auxiliary force to the Pakistani occupation forces.

While expressing instant reactions, people of Rangpur region lauded

verdict of the Appellate Division against Azhar and demanded for its

immediate execution.

Former Commander of Rangpur district unit command of Bangladesh

Muktijoddha Sangsad (BMS) Mosaddek Hossain Bablu termed the verdict upholding

capital punishment of Azhar as reflection of aspirations of people.

Former Badarganj upazila unit Commander of BMS Aiyub Ali Sarker, former

Kurigram district unit Commander of BMS Sirajul Islam Tuku and former Syedpur

unit Commander of BMS in Nilphamari Ekramul Haque welcomed the verdict.

The freedom fighters said the verdict of the Appellate Division has

fulfilled aspirations of the nation through ensuring justice against the

crimes committed against humanity by Azhar.

With this verdict, the crimes committed against humanity by Azhar in

Rangpur have been proved beyond any doubt. I want to see its execution to

prove that no war criminal, razakar al-badrs or al-shams would go spared,

Ekramul Haque added.

Congratulating the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court, ICT-1 and the

prosecution, Chilmari upazila Chairman Shawkat Ali Sarker, Bir Bikram, said

the final verdict against Azhar has fulfilled expectations of the Bangalees.

Azhar had close association with the Pakistani occupation forces,

committed crimes against humanity and he has to walk down the gallows as the

Appellate Division today turned down his appeal against the death sentence

delivered by the ICT-1, Sarker said.

Acting President of Rangpur district Awami League (AL) Mamtaz Uddin Ahmed,

it's General Secretary Advocate Rezaul Karim Raju, city AL President Shafiur

Rahman Shafi also expressed satisfaction over the verdict against Azhar.

President of Rangpur district unit of Ghatok Dalal Nirmul Committee Dr.

Mofizul Islam Mantu and its General Secretary Moazzem Hossain Lablu and JASOD

leader Gautam Roy welcomed the verdict against Jamaat leader Azhar.

Similarly, local leaders of Bangladesh Chhatra League, Workers Party,

Chhatra Moitri, Communist Party of Bangladesh, Bangladesher Samajtantrik Dal,

Ganatantry Party, Sommilito Sangskritik Jyote, Prajanmo Ekattor, Udichhi

Shilpi Gosthi and other organisations have expressed satisfaction over the

verdict against Azhar.

Lauding the verdict against Azhar, rickshaw-puller Keramat Ali, teacher

Aminul Islam, housewife Nazmun Nahar, student Shafik and farmer Ariful Haque

thanked Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for initiating the war crimes trial.

They urged the pro-liberation forces to remain alert with spirit of the

War of Liberation and demanded for execution of the verdict against Azhar and

completion of war crimes trial to free the country from the stigma

permanently.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)