Three rajakars awarded death sentence for crimes against humanity

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Three rajakars of Jamalpur awarded death sentence for crimes against humanity 1971 .
The International Crimes Tribunal has awarded three rajakars of Jamalpur Ashraf Hossain, Abdul Mannan and Abdul Bari death sentence for crimes against humanity in 1971. Besides five others including professor Khalil Ahmed have been sentenced to life in prison. The three-member bench of the tribunal led by Justice Anwarul Haque delivered the verdict. However six including the death convicts are absconding. Five counts of charges including killing, looting, arson and repression at several villages of Sharishabari in Jamalpur were brought against the convicts. On the 26th of October last year, the tribunal framed the five charges and the prosecution produced 25 witnesses, including the case’s investigation officer, and some documentary evidence. The defence said they would file appeal against the verdict.

Meanwhile, Ganajagaran Mancha has expressed mixed reaction at the verdict of the International Crimes Tribunal against eight Razakars of Jamalpur for crimes against humanity. Spokesman of the platform Dr. Imran H Sarker expressed the reaction at TSC after pronouncement of the verdict.

From now on Bangladesh and India would be able to exchange offenders by showing arrest warrant without producing evidence. This opportunity has been created following amendment of the existing prisoners exchange agreement between the two countries. The proposal for amendment of the agreement was approved at the cabinet meeting presided over by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina this morning. Earlier Bangladesh had to show evidence of his crime while bringing back any offender from India. It was applicable for India also. The cabinet also approved the draft of Bangladesh Jute Research Institute Act-2016. It is expected that the scope of jute research in the country would be widened through this law.

BGMEA has said special security arrangements are being taken with government assistance for foreigners working in the readymade garments sector after a number of recent terrorist attacks. It thinks that the initiative would help increase the confidence of garments sector of Bangladesh and those involved with it in the world market. Meanwhile, the economists have urged to enhance security in the specialised industrial zones expressing apprehension of extra cost in investment and the security sector.

The University Grants Commission has urged the Vice Chancellors of Public Universities to take necessary steps to prevent any student or teacher from getting involved in militant activities. Chairman of University Grants Commission Professor Abdul Mannan made the call at a meeting with the Vice Chancellors of Public Universities at Agargaon today. The Vice Chancellors informed that various steps including regular supervision of academic activities and issuance of ID cards to the students and teachers have been made compulsory.

BNP has claimed that the people have become extremely disappointed and disgusted at the statement by the Prime Minister that a national consensus to combat militancy has already been created. Party Standing Committee Member Nazrul Islam made the claim at a news conference at the Central office at Nayapaltan. He also said national unity cannot be achieved with only 14-party keeping most of the political parties including BNP away. Sharply reacting to the Home Minister’s comment that there were advance information about militant attack he said if it is true than the responsibility of killings at Gulshan and Sholakia must be borne by the ruling party.

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