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War criminal Kamaruzzaman buried at Sherpur ancestral home after Dhaka jail execution

55Executed war criminal Mohammad Kamaruzzaman has gone to his grave at his ancestral home in Sherpur, the place where he bathed in the blood of Bengalis fighting for freedom in 1971.

The Jamaat-e-Islami senior assistant secretary general was hanged for his 1971 wartime atrocities just after 10pm on Saturday.
He was buried after Namaz-e-Janaza around 5:10am on Sunday at Kumri village in Bajitkhila Union at Sherpur Sadar, around an hour after an ambulance carrying the body from Dhaka arrived there.

Escorted by the RAB and police cars, the ambulance started from the Dhaka Central Jail around 11:30pm.

The prison’s Deputy Jailer Akherul Islam Rasel was with the body.

Kamaruzzaman’s brother Kafil Uddin after consulting the local administration took preparations to bury him.

He said Kamaruzzaman had wished to be laid to rest there, beside the Bajitkhila Madrasa and Orphanage.

Nine vehicles of security agencies were with the ambulance when it started from the prison after an autopsy.

A RAB vehicle was leading the motorcade. The ambulance was seen after several police vehicles. The last vehicle of the motorcade was of RAB, too.

Kamaruzzaman lived at the Journalists’ Colony in the capital’s Mirpur with his family. None of the family went to Sherpur with the body.

His brothers and their families live at the ancestral home.

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

Kafil Uddin received the body when the ambulance arrived there around 4:15pm.

But reporters were stopped amid rain by law-enforcers one kilometre before Kamaruzzaman’s village home at Bajitkhila for security reasons.

Some 50 people attended the Namaz-e-Janaza held at the Kumri Madrasa and Orphanage ground.

Then Kamaruzzaman was buried, said OC Mazharul Karim.

Work to ready the grave in Sherpur for the burial started since Wednesday afternoon.

The process of handing over Kamaruzzaman’s body to the family members, holding the Janaza and burial was discussed and approved by the local administration and police, said Kafil Uddin.

Freedom fighters of the area, including the war criminal’s brother-in-law, had earlier announced they would not allow the burial in Sherpur.

But they backed off on Saturday after a meeting with the deputy commissioner of the district.

The most notorious crime the then Al-Badr regional commander committed in 1971 was the genocide at Sohagpur in Sherpur’s Nalitabarhi Upazila.

On Jun 25, 1971, Kamaruzzaman and his Al-Badr comrades led the Pakistan Army to the village, killing 120 men and raping their women.

After the genocide that widowed most of the women of the village, Sohagpur came to be known as ‘the village of widows’.

In 2014, the Appellate Division upheld the 2013 death sentence handed down by the International Crimes Tribunal.

The top appeals court in its judgment called Kamaruzzaman a ‘beast’ for his role as a war criminal, and observed his crimes were “worse than the Nazis”.

Security was beefed up in Sherpur long before the execution.

RAB personnel were deployed alongside two Bangladesh Border Guard platoons, said DC Md Zakir Hossain.

Sherpur Zila Muktijoddha Sangsad will take out victory marches on Sunday to celebrate the hanging.