Eid in jail for war criminalsbdnews24.com / New Age Online
Some of those, who had tried heart and soul to thwart Bangladesh's birth in 1971 and inflicted untold tortures on the Bangalees struggling for freedom, are spending the Eid-ul-Azha behind bars, awaiting execution.
Five war crimes convict, three of them former ministers, have been lodged in Kashimpur jail and Narayanganj prison.
There are a total of 980 prisoners at jail-1 of Kashimpur's Dhaka Central Jail, caretaker Md Jahangir Kabir said.
Jamaat-e-Islami's Naeb-e-Ameer Delwar Hossain Sayedee and BNP's Standing Committee member Salauddin Quader Chowdhury -- both war crimes convict -- are among the 76 prisoners awaiting death.
Former Agriculture Minister and Jamaat chief Motiur Rahman Nizami, leaders Abdus Sobhan and AKM Yusuf, along with former State Minister for Home during BNP's 2001-6 tenure, Lutfuzzaman Babar, accused in the Aug 21, 2004 grenade attack on an Awami League rally and the 10-truck arms haul cases, are also in the prison.
They said their Eid prayers inside the prison.
In the Dhaka Central Jail-2, there are 1,750 prisoners including war crimes convict Jamaat leaders Abdul Quader Molla and Mohammad Kamaruzzaman. There are a total of 86 prisoners sentenced to death there.
Acting Editor of BNP-leaning Bengali-language daily Amar Desh, Mahmudur Rahman, Jamaat leaders ATM Azharul Islam and Mir Quasem Ali, businessman Giasuddin Al Mamun are spending their Eid in this prison.
The prison's caretaker said there would be four congregations inside the jail.
In the Kashimpur High Security Prison, there are 1,397 prisoners including 475 death convicts. They include BNP leader Md Nasir Uddin Pintu, accused in 2009 BDR mutiny case, Indian militant outfit ULFA leader Anup Chetia and Laxmi Prasad.
Only one Eid congregation took place in the jail.
This year, the prison authorities have arranged special diet for the prisoners on Eid day.
Another war crimes convict, former minister and Jamaat leader Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mujaheed is spending his Eid at the Narayanganj jail.
Deputy Inspector General of Prison Golam Haider said there are 27 death convicts, including three female, at the Dhaka Central Jail located in the capital.
Apart from them, former Jamaat chief Ghulam Azam, sentenced to 90 years in prison on war crimes charges, and BNP leader Abdul Alim, also a war crimes convict, have been lodged at the Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University's prison cell.
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