Bangladesh Seeks Extradition Of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’s Killers From US, Canada

Kolkata: Bangladesh is trying to bring back two of the fugitive army officers who were involved in shooting dead the country’s founding father Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and members of his family in cold blood at their Dhaka house on August 15, 1975.

Bangladesh’s Law and Justice Minister Anisul Huq, in an exclusive interview with PTI, said that his country was negotiating a return of two “self-confessed killers” of Sheikh Mujib – Rashed Chowdhury from the US and SHBM Noor Chowdhury from Canada.

“While the whereabouts of Major Shariful Haque Dalim, (a principal plotter behind the killing) is still not known, we know that Col Rashed Chowdhury is in the US and Noor Chowdhury, another of the coup plotter involved in the killing of Bangabandhu is in Canada. We are still in talks with the US on getting the killer officer back,” said Mr Huq.

Canada has laws which do not permit a person facing a death sentence at home to be extradited and this has proven to be a hurdle.

“They killed the father of the nation and 17 members of his family…Given the heinous nature of the crime, we have tried to convince Canada to return Noor Chowdhury,” the minister said.

The gruesome killing of Sheikh Mujib and his entire family save his two daughters – Sheikh Hasina and Sheikh Rehana – who were travelling abroad, at their Dhanmondi bungalow on India’s Independence Day had 28-years-ago shaken the entire world.

“They are self-confessed killers and the available evidence is conclusive of their crime,” Mr Huq, a London-trained senior advocate of the Bangladesh Supreme Court said.

In 1975, a coterie of middle-level Army officers planned a coup to topple Sheikh Mujib’s elected government and replace it with a military government. They chose August 15, India’s Independence Day, to carry out the coup.

Sunil Kumar Dhangadamajhi

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