Dhaka: Bangladesh on Wednesday sought assistance
from New Delhi to track down six fugitive ex-army officers
believed to be hiding in different countries including India
for the assassination of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
"We have sought Indian assistance in tracking down and
arrest to the remaining killers" for their exposure to
gallows, Home Minister Sahara Khatun told newsmen as newly
appointed Indian High Commissioner in Dhaka Rajeet Mitter
called on her at her Bangladesh Secretariat office.
Five other fellow convicts were hanged for the August
15, 1975 assassination of country`s founder Rahman who is
popularly known as `Bangabandhu` or "friend of Bengal".
Asked if they discussed about the return of at least
two of the absconding putsch leaders who were reportedly
hiding or languishing in jails in India, Khatun said, "We have
also discussed the matter."
"We asked India to return them if they really are
staying there," Khatun said.
Bangladesh and India currently do not have any
extradition treaties but the two countries in recent years
exchanged a number of Indian separatist elements and
Bangladesh gangsters who had taken refuge in each other`s
countries to evade justice at home.
The Home Minister`s comments came as Bangladesh
intensified a diplomatic campaign also engaging the Interpol
to return six fugitive killers and called upon the foreign
countries to extend hands in tracking them down and extradite.
Five condemned convicts of the Bangabandhu murder
trial were hanged in January this year after a protracted
trial process as their petitions for review of the earlier
apex court judgement were rejected.
They were lieutenant colonels Syed Faruk Rahman,
Sultan Shahriar Rashid Khan, AKM Mohiuddin Ahmed (lancer),
Mohiuddin Ahmed (artillery) and sacked major Bazlul Huda.
The six absconding convicts are ex-lieutenant
colonels Khandaker Abdur Rashid, Shariful Haque Dalim, AM
Rashed Chowdhury, SHBM Noor Chowdhury, ex-captain Abdul Majed
and army risaldar Moslehuddin while according to earlier media
reports the last two were hiding serving jail terms in India.
Interpol last year issued a second "red warrant"
renewing an earlier one to track down the absconding assassins
and coup plotters in May last year after the process for
tracking them down was virtually stalled for years during
ex-Prime Minister Khaleda Zia`s past Bangladesh Nationalist
Party (BNP)-led government.
Father of incumbent Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina,
Rahman was killed along with most of his family members in a
predawn putsch on August 15, 1975 when his post independence
Awami League government was also toppled.