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Preparations for Kamaruzzaman’s burial in Sherpur underway

23The body of war criminal Mohammad Kamauzzaman will be brought directly to his ancestral village in Sherpur where his relatives are preparing his burial.

He was hanged in Dhaka Central Jail after 10pm on Saturday for his atrocities during the 1971 Liberation War.

Chawkbazar Police Station OC Azizul Haque told reporters at the jail gates that nine cars of RAB and police will escort the vehicle carrying the body.

Kamaruzzaman’s brother Kafil Uddin discussed with the district administration for burying him at a place adjacent to the graveyard beside an orphanage.

He said his brother had the wish to be buried there.

Sherpur Sadar Police Station OC Mazharul Karim told bdnews24.com that the work to dig the grave started around 10:30pm.

Cable TV connection in the area was snapped since the evening.

Police personnel were deployed there too.

Kamaruzzaman had been living at Journalists’ Colony in Dhaka’s Mirpur with his wife, five sons and a daughter.

The work to ready the place in Sherpur for the burial started on Wednesday afternoon.

Bricks and sand were brought there to make the grave after the burial.

The freedom fighters of the area had earlier announced they would not allow his body to be buried in the district.

They included Kamaruzzaman’s brother-in-law.

They later withdrew their demand after a discussion with the district administration.

The charges that led the International Crimes Tribunal to prescribe death for the Jamaat leader included genocide at Sohagpur village of Nalitabari in Sherpur.

He led the genocide in which more than 100 men of the village were killed. The killing widowed most of the women in the village, later known as the village of widows.

He was compared to a beast by the Appellate Division which had upheld the death sentence.

His brother Kafil, however, claimed he got the punishment for political reason.

He said the family received permission of the deputy commissioner and police superintendent to peacefully hand over the body, his Namaz-e-Janaza and the burial.

Security had been heightened in Sherpur before the war criminal’s execution.

Sherpur Deputy Commissioner Mohammad Zakir Hossain told reporters that they were prepared to keep the law and order under control.

Two platoons of Border Guard Bangladesh were patrolling the area alongside the RAB personnel.

The local Jamaat office at Sajbarkhila was seen closed.

The district’s Muktijoddha Sangsad Commander Abu Saleh Nurul Islam Hiru said they will take out a victory march on Sunday.