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ICT probe body finalizes report against former NSI chief

Wahidul Haque killed 600 innocent people in 1971

Update : 31 Oct 2018, 01:46 AM

The investigation agency of The International Crimes Tribunal (ICT) has finalized its report on probe into the alleged crimes against humanity committed in 1971 by former director general ofthe National Security Intelligence (NSI) Muhammad Wahidul Haque.

Probe body chief coordinatorMuhammad Abdul Hannan Khan said “Wahidul Haque, who was an adjutant of the 29 Cavalry Regiment based inthe Rangpur Cantonment at that time, went on a killing spree on March 28, 1971. He and his subordinates fired at people of the area andkilled around 600 innocents. They also set fire to houses and burnt thebodies of those killed in their gunfire”.

The probe body chief was briefing the newsmen at a pressconference held at his Dhanmondi office Tuesday afternoon, reports BSS.

Khan said they had launched the investigation against Haque on December5, 2016, and concluded it on October 30, 2018. They have made 54 people witnesses in thetrial.

Wahidul Haque was arrested on April 24, 2018, from his Baridhara house hours after the ICT-1 issued an arrest warrant against him and was sent to jail on April 25, 2018.

Md Wahidul Haque, who originally hails from Madaripur, received his commission in the 11th cavalry regiment of the Pakistan army on October 16, 1966. 

In March 1970, he was transferred to the 29th cavalry regiment in the Rangpur cantonment, where he was employed as an adjutant for the following 12 months. 

After the Liberation War was over, Wahidul went back to Pakistan, where he stayed until the end of 1973. He returned to Bangladesh the next year, whereupon he was released from the army. 

He joined the Bangladesh Police in 1976 and went on to hold several important posts, including an additional commissioner with the Dhaka Metropolitan Police from 1984 to 1987, before becoming the police commissioner for Chattogram in 1991. From 1991 to 1996, Wahidul held the office of the director general of NSI. From 1997-2000, he was the director general of the Department of Immigration and Passports, and, in 2005, he was given the post of additional inspector general. 

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