Crimes against humanity
Verdict against Naogaon’s 3 war criminals today
Published: 10:03 AM, 31 May 2022
The verdict against three people including Rezaul Karim Montu, former leader of Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami, for committing crimes against humanity during the Greta Liberation War in 1971, will be announced today, Tuesday (May 31).
A three-member International Crimes Tribunal (ICT) headed by Justice Md Shahinur Islam is set to deliver the verdict. Earlier on Sunday, the ICT fixed the date for the verdict.
Two of the three accused in the case have been arrested and one is absconding. The accused are — Naogaon’s Md. Rezaul Karim Montu, Md. Nazrul Islam and Md. Shahid Mandal. Among them, Nazrul Islam is a fugitive. The other two are in jail.
The investigation team of the prosecution started the investigation against the three accused on October 18, 2016. Following the investigation, they filed a formal chargesheet with the tribunal on November 30, 2017. The following year, the trial on three complaints of crimes against humanity began.
Complaint-1 states that the accused attacked Ranahar village of Paharpur union of Badalgachhi police station of Naogaon on October 7, 1971, from approximately 4 pm to 7:30 pm and killed innocent pro-independence Saheb Ali, Akam Uddin, Azim Uddin Mandal and Mozaffar Hossain. They looted 10-12 houses and torched them on fire.
Complaint-2 has been said that the accused attacked the Khonjagari village of Paharpur union of Badalgachhi police station of Naogaon on October 8, 1971, from approximately 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm and killed innocent pro-independence Md. Nurul Islam. At that time they looted 15-20 houses and torched them on fire.
Complaint-3 states that the accused attacked the Malancha village of Paharpur union of Badalgachhi police station of Naogaon from approximately 5 pm on October 8, 1971, to the next day i.e. October 9 at approximately 5 pm and detained and tortured pro-independence Md. Kenar Uddin and Md. Akkas Ali. They were later abducted and taken to Kuthibari Bridge in Joypurhat where they were killed. During this period, the accused looted 40-50 houses and torched them on fire.