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Amid protests, Bangabandhu's killer Majed buried in Narayanganj

  • Published at 11:01 am April 12th, 2020
Capt (retd) Abdul Majed-Bangabandhu’s killer Abdul Majed arrested
Police escort Capt (retd) Abdul Majed at a Dhaka court on Tuesday, April 7, 2020 Dhaka Tribune

He was buried at his in-laws' house at Sonargaon on Sunday dawn

In the face of protests, Abdul Majed, one of the convicts in the killing of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and his family members, has been buried in Narayanganj after his execution. 

Majed, a sacked Bangladesh Army officer who later served in different government positions, was buried at his in-laws' home at Sonargaon on Sunday dawn, Majed's nephew Bashir told Dhaka Tribune. 

His body was supposed to be taken to his home district Bhola for burial but local lawmakers and Chhatra League leaders declared that they would not let that happen in their district.

Earlier, death-row convict Majed was hanged at 12:01am Sunday at the Dhaka Central Jail in Keraniganj, on the outskirts of the capital. 

Defying the coronavirus restrictions, a number of people emerged in front of the jail at midnight.

Before the execution, Majed's relatives met him at the prison.

Majed's death sentence was executed within four days after President Md Abdul Hamid turned down his clemency plea on April 8. 

The same day, the Dhaka District and Sessions Judge's court issued the death warrant for Majed, who was arrested in Dhaka on April 7.

The arrest

After being on the run for over 20 years, Majed was arrested in the early hours of April 7 in Dhaka.

One of the 12 assassins awarded the death penalty for the 1975 killings, Majed had been hiding in Libya and Pakistan before moving to neighbouring India and residing there for the about last two decades.

Majed crossed over into Bangladesh on March 15 or 16 through the border in Mymensingh after the coronavirus pandemic unfolded.

The sacked army officer, who later served in different government positions, including at Bangladesh missions abroad, fled the country after the Awami League assumed office in 1996.

Life as a fugitive 

During initial interrogation, Majed said he had been living in neighbouring India for more than 20 years.

After going to India in 1996, he travelled to Libya and then Pakistan, before returning to India, where he had been living in different states. But for the last three to four years he had been living in Kolkata and was in touch with his family in Bangladesh.

Majed, who hailed from the southern district of Bhola, was also involved in the murder of the four national leaders in Dhaka Central Jail on November 3, 1975, Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan said after his arrest.

He then worked at Bangabhaban, before leaving Bangladesh the same year, along with the other army officers involved in the assassination, for Libya.

Majed was then appointed to the Bangladesh Embassy in Senegal by military ruler Ziaur Rahman.

In 1980, he was appointed to the Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Corporation (BIWTC) with the rank and status of a deputy secretary. He was subsequently promoted as secretary and served as the director of Department of Youth Development and Department of National Savings.

Majed went into hiding after the Awami League won the national elections in 1996.

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