Three top death-row militants, including banned outfit Harkat-ul-Jihad-al-Islami (Huji) chief Mufti Abdul Hannan, have been executed in different prisons in Bangladesh.
Huji leader Mufti Hannan and his two accomplices walked the gallows on Wednesday night for 2004 grenade attack on the then British High Commissioner Anwar Choudhury.
Mufti Hannan and his associate Sharif Shahedul Alam Bipul were executed at Kashimpur Central Jail in Gazipur around 10:00pm, prison sources said.
The other Huji militant Delwar Hossain alias Ripon was hanged at Sylhet Central Jail around 10:00pm.
"Mufti Hannan and Bipul were executed subsequently at 10pm," senior jail superintendant Mizanur Rahman said.
On the other hand, Ripon was hanged at 10.01pm at Sylhet jail said jail super Sagir Miah.
Apart from Sylhet grenade attack, Hannan, infamous for being one of the initiators of militancy in Bangladesh, was named prime accused in a slue of crimials lawsuits, including former finance minister Shah AMS Kibria killing case and Ramna Batamul bomb attack case.
Three people were killed and at least 70 others, including UK envoy Anwar Choudhury, were injured in the grenade attack at Hazrat Shahjalal (RA)'s Dargah (shrine) in Sylhet city on May 21, 2004. Two cases, one for the multiple murders and other under explosives acts, were filed following the incident.
The Sylhet Divisional Speedy Trial Tribunal awarded death sentence to the trio on December 23 in 2008 in connection with the murder case.
The tribunal also awarded life term imprisonment to two other accused in the case -- Hannan's brother Muhibullah alias Muhibur Rahman alias Ovi and Mufti Main Uddin alias Abu Zandal.
On December 7 last year, the Supreme Court upheld the death penalties for the three militants.
They filed mercy pleas and the President rejected their petitions on Sunday.
Who is Mufti Hannan
Mufti Hannan is said to be the mastermind of 13 terrorist attacks, including an attempt on Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's life, perpetrated by the banned militant group HuJI.
Educated at a madrasa, Hannan hails from Kotalipara Upazila in Gopalganj district.
He was facing trial for planting a bomb made with 76 kg of explosives near the venue of a public rally addressed by Sheikh Hasina at Kotalipara in 2000.
Hannan had also been sentenced to death for the 2001 bombings at Dhaka's Ramna Park on the Bengali New Year.
On Mar 6 this year, a prison van carrying him from court to Gazipur's Kashimpur prison came under a bomb attack, in what the police say was an attempt to snatch him.
Last moments of executions
The authorities this evening beefed up security in and around the Kashimpur prison, where condemned militant Bipul was kept with Hannan.
Nearby roads have been made off-limit for commoners and business establishments within 500 yards of the jail were kept shut down since the evening.
Two ambulances were seen entering the jail around 6:30pm.
Deputy Inspector General-Prisons Touhidul Islam and Addition Inspector General-prison Iqbal Hossain entered the jail 6:37pm and 7:33pm respectively.
Meanwhile, the family members of death-row militant Ripon entered the Sylhet jail around 6:45pm to meet him.
Earlier in the morning, family members of Hannan met him at Kashimpur Jail. Hannan’s wife, two daughters and elder brother met him in the jail around 7:45am.
Ripon’s family members also met him at the Sylhet jail on Tuesday.
source – Jamuna TV, Channel24, ATN News