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NSI’s ex-acting DG indicted for war crimes

  • Published at 02:43 pm October 16th, 2019
File photo of International Crimes Tribunal

The tribunal also fixed November 24 to start trial

The International Crime Tribunal (ICT) indicted Md Oahidul Haque, former acting director general of National Security Intelligence (NSI), for allegedly committing crimes during the 1971 Liberation War.  

The three-member tribunal led by Justice Md Shahinul Islam framed a single charge against Oahidul on Wednesday.

Confirming the matter, Prosecutor Sabina Yasmin Khan Munni said: "The tribunal fixed November 24 to start the trial against him.

"The court will record the opening statement and testimony of the witnesses."

On April 24, 2018, police arrested Oahidul, also a former additional inspector general of police, from Gulshan area in Dhaka, hours after the ICT issued an arrest warrant against him in the case.

According to them, Oahidul, then a captain with the Pakistan Army, as well as the adjutant of the 20 Cavalry Regiment in Rangpur Cantonment during the Liberation War, set machine guns in four military vehicles and opened fire over the areas adjacent to the cantonment on March 28, 1971.

He had also set fire to houses of the area. The incident had left around 500-600 pro-independence people dead and many others injured. 

Later, the bodies of the victims were burnt after dousing gasoline on them and dumped.

Md Matiur Rahman, investigation officer of the case, completed the investigation on October 30, 2018. A total of 54 people were made witnesses in the case.