The execution took place at the Dhaka Central Jail in Keraniganj at 12:01am on Sunday, four and a half decades after the massacre, Jailor Mahbubul Islam said.
Additional inspector general of prisons, DIG prisons, senior jail superintendent, Dhaka’s civil surgeon, two assistant surgeons of the jail, a representative of the Dhaka superintendent of police, and the chief of Keranigaanj Police entered the prison before 11pm.
A coffin was already brought there.
Mazed’s wife Saleha Begum earlier said the jail authorities asked her to go to the prison at 11:30pm. She said her sister and nephew would accompany her.
The wife of the former army captain lives in a house on road No. 1 in Dhaka Cantonment with their four daughters and one son.
Their children did not accompany her when she visited Mazed on Friday afternoon along with some other relatives.
The family had taken preparations for Mazed’s burial at his village in Bhola’s Borhanuddin. But he was later buried in Narayanganj, where his in-laws live, as the Mawa ferry service was suspended.
Jail officials earlier said they were ready for the first hanging in the prison after its inauguration on Apr 10, 2016.
Abdul Mazed, a key fugitive convict in the killing of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, was sent to jail following his arrest on Tuesday.They said “Shahjahan” will work as the chief executioner and he will be assisted by “Monir” and “Siraj”.
The killers of Bangabandhu enjoyed over two decades of indemnity due to a law passed by Gen Ziaur Rahman, the first military ruler of Bangladesh. Mazed was awarded a big position during General Zia as well.
After a lengthy trial, the court convicted 12 suspects and five of the self-proclaimed killers were hanged on Jan 28, 2010. They were– Syed Faruque Rahman, Sultan Shahariar Rashid Khan, Bazlul Huda, Mohiuddin Ahmed and AKM Mohiuddin.
Mazed was one of six absconding convicts along with Abdur Rashid, Shariful Haque Dalim, M Rashed Chowdhury, SHMB Noor Chowdhury and Risaldar Moslemuddin.
The almost effortless arrest of Mazed came last week when the country is on lockdown and the police are on the streets to ensure that people stay at home and avoid the risk of infection amid a novel coronavirus outbreak.
He was believed to be in India for over two decades following the return of the Awami League to power in 1996, which opened the path towards the trial of the killers of Bangabandhu and most members of the family on Aug 15, 1975.
Bangabandhu’s daughters Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Sheikh Rehana survived the massacre as they were abroad at the time.
Mazed sought a last-minute reprieve to avoid the gallows when he begged
Abdul Mazed, a key fugitive convict in the killing of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, was sent to jail following his arrest on Tuesday.President Md Abdul Hamid to spare his life. That was the only option left to save his neck as he had no right to appeal for being a fugitive from law. The president turned him down.
Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan hailed the arrest of Mazed as the “biggest gift” of Mujib Year, the birth centenary of Bangabandhu.
Awami League leaders in Bhola said they feel ashamed of Mazed and would not let the family bury him there.
WHO IS MAZED?
Mazed was born to Ali Mia Chowdhury and Meherjan Begum of Batmara village at Kaliganj in Bhola’s Borhanuddin.
The home ministry said in a statement that Mazed, along with some others, had controlled the state-run radio station after the assassination of Bangabandhu.
Before leaving Bangladesh with the other killers, he had worked at the Bangabhaban in “various capacities”.
Mazed and the others fled to Libya via Bangkok on orders from Zia later, the ministry added.
After a three-month stay in Libya, they were awarded posts in different overseas missions of Bangladesh. Mazed was posted in the embassy in Senegal.
After retirement from the army, Zia made Mazed an official with the rank of a deputy secretary at the Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Corporation on Mar 26, 1980, according to the home ministry statement.
He was later made the director of youth development division at the then ministry of youth development.
Mazed was given the director’s post in the then department of savings later.
Courtesy – BDNEWS24