Captain Abdul Majed, a convicted killer of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, was arrested from Dhaka early Tuesday.
“He was arrested from Mirpur,” Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan said.
Masudur Rahman, Deputy Commissioner of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP), said a team of Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime (CTTC) unit arrested him around 3:30am.
He was produced before the court of Chief Metropolitan Magistrate AM Zulfiqar Hayat who sent Majed to jail.
His wife Sanaya Begum has been living in Cantonment residential area, the Home Minister said.
On August 15, 1975, during the assassination of Bangabandhu, Majed, Noor and Risaldar Moslehuddin along with others were present there when he was a lieutenant, Asaduzzaman said.
“He not only killed Bangabandhu but also participated in jail killing. He later worked at Bangabhaban and other places directed by Ziaur Rahman,” the minister said.
The minister said the BNP government, led by Ziaur Rahman, ensured that these criminal would not face any punishment by enacting the indemnity bill. Majed went into hiding before the Awami League government came to power in 1997 and detectives had been working to trace him ever since.
On August 15, 1975, Bangladesh’s founding father Bangabandhu and most of his family members were assassinated by a cabal of military men.
Eighteen members of his family, including Bangamata Sheikh Fazilatunnesa Mujib, three sons – Captain Sheikh Kamal, Lieutenant Sheikh Jamal and 10-year-old Sheikh Russel, two daughters-in-law Sultana Kamal and Rosy Jamal, brother Sheikh Naser, peasant leader Abdur Rab Serniabat, youth leader Sheikh Fazlul Haq Moni and his wife Arzu Moni, Baby Serniabat, Sukanta Babu, Arif and Abdul Nayeem Khan Rintu, were, among others, were also killed on that fateful night.
Military Secretary Brigadier General Jamil was also killed. Several members of a family in the capital’s Mohammadpur area were killed by artillery shells fired by the killers on the same day.
Five killers of Bangabandhu – Syed Farooq Rahman, Sultan Shahriar Rashid Khan, Bazlul Huda, AKM Mohiuddin Ahmed and Mohiuddin Ahmed – were hanged in January 2010.
Another killer Aziz Pasha met natural death in Zimbabwe in 2001.
On November 19, 2009, the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court upheld the death penalty of 12 convicted former army officials for the assassination of Bangabandhu and his family members.
The fugitive killers are former Lt Col Khandaker Abdur Rashid, SHBM Noor Chowdhury, Shariful Haque Dalim, Rashed Chowdhury, and Risaldar Moslehuddin.
Of them, the government knew the whereabouts of Noor Chowdhury, Rashed Chowdhury and Moslehuddin while it was not sure about the other three fugitives -- Rashid, Dalim and Majed.
According to government sources, Noor Chowdhury has been living in Canada and Rashed Chowdhury in the USA.
“It’s our commitment to continue our efforts to bring back all the killers wherever they are,” the Home Minister said.
“I hope we’ll be able to execute the court’s verdict. We believe we’ve delivered the best gift to the people on the occasion of Mujib Borsho.”