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B’desh grinds axe on war criminals
AGARTALA, DEC 16 (Agencies):
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Published on 17 Dec. 2010 12:37 AM IST
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As Bangladesh celebrates her 39th year of Liberation from the Pakistan regime on Thursday, Salahuddin Quader Chowdhury, one of the most powerful opposition leaders from Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), was arrested by Dhaka police for his murderous role at the behest of Pakistan in 1971.
Chowdhury has always been viewed as a Pakistani ‘agent’ in Bangladesh. He is also known to be a strong anti-Indian lobbyist at international arena.
Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) chief Mokhlesur Rahman confirmed his arrest, said sources to TOI from Dhaka over telephone. Chowdhury was sent to police remand by Dhaka Metropolitan court. He was picked up by a strong contingent of RAB and Bangladesh detective personnel from his house at Banani early morning.
SQ Chowdhury, a shipping magnet and former MP who topped the list of the war collaborators (‘razaakars’ in local parlance) of 1971 along with several other Jamaat leaders, had been accused of massacre of several people in Chittagong, his home district. He was also accused of playing a key role behind BDR mutiny last year in Bangladesh as well as botched up Chittagong arms supply attempt for ULFA.
On April 13, 1971 Chowdhury allegedly led a Pakistani killer squad to massacre at least 107 Hindus at Kundeshwari, Jagatmallaparha and Unasatturparha in Chittagong. After Bangladesh’s liberation, several surviving members of the massacred families filed cases against him. Satya Ranjan Singha, for example, filed a case on Jan 29, 1972 accusing Salahuddin and his father Fazlul Q Chowdhury of killing Singha’s father.
Recently International Crimes Tribunal probed into the War Crimes and interviewed several eyewitnesses of April 13 massacre. Based on the Tribunal findings, Dhaka Metropolitan court sent Chowdhary to police remand. Awami League leader and adviser Tofael Ahmed told reporters that all the War criminals would be arrested one by one. “We are committed to try and punish those who committed inhuman crimes against their own people and land,” he said.
Jamaat leaders like its chief Matiur Rahman Nizami, Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mojaheed, Delwar Hossain Sayedi, Mohammad Kamaruzzaman and Abdul Qader Mulla have already been arrested. Nizami and another Jamat leader Golam Azam were accused of planning with Rao Forman Ali for eliminating the Bangladeshi intellectuals.
Sources from Bangladesh said, the arrest of high profile S Q Choudhury on the day of Vijay Divas added a new twist to the celebration. “It is obvious that the government chose the day carefully to show its determination,” they said.

 
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