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Mahidur-Afsar to die in jail

Update : 20 May 2015, 05:45 AM

International crimes Tribunal has sentenced Muslim League leaders Mahidur Rahman and Afsar Hossain alias Chhutu to imprisonment until death for committing crimes against humanity during the Liberation War of Bangladesh in 1971.

The International Crimes Tribunal 2 led by Chairman Obaidul Hasan gave the verdict on Wednesday morning.

They have been awarded imprisonment until death in charge 1, five years imprisonment in charge 2, and have been acquitted in the 3 charge.

The prosecution had submitted three charges against the duo, that include murdering 24 people, plundering and torching 70-80 homes, and killing four people after abduction during the war. The tribunal framed the charges on December 11 last year.

The duo were arrested on September 16 last year in a criminal case, and later shown arrested in the war crimes case. Mahidur hails from Dadanchak village while Afsar is from Satrashia in Shibganj, Chapainawabganj.

Mahidur and Afsar, aided by hundreds of armed razakars and members of the Pakistani Army, had attacked the Chandshikari, Chamatol, Kabirajtola and Eradot Biswasertola villages, and abducted 39 people in two phases on October 6, 1971. The abductees were later tortured in confinement and 24 of them were shot dead.

According to the second charge, the duo, accompanied by razakars, launched a systematic attack at Kabirajtola and Eradot Biswasertola and burnt down houses after looting them on October 13.

The other charge says the duo, together with 30-35 armed razakars, broke into the homes of Kalumuddin Mondol, Abdur Rashid, Gajal and Ilias Mondol of Sherpur Bhandar village, and detained and tortured them on November 2. 

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