Preparations on to execute Mufti Hannan: Asaduzzaman Khan

Asaduzzaman Khan, Mufti Abdul Hannan

Mufti Abdul Hannan. — New Age file photo

Home minister Asaduzzaman Khan on Sunday said the government is taking preparations to execute the banned Harkat-ul-Jihad-al-Islami chief, Mufti Abdul Hannan.

‘Mufti Hannan’s execution will be implemented abiding by the rules in accordance with the jail code,’ the minister told reporters at the secretariat.

President Abdul Hamid has rejected petitions for clemency filed by HUJI chief Mufti Hannan and its two activists, clearing the way of their executions any time for killing three people and injuring former UK high commissioner Anwar Choudhury in a grenade attack in 2004.

On March 27, the three condemned convicts – Mufti Hannan, Sharif Shahedul Alam Bipul and Delwar Hossain Ripon – preferred presidential clemency and their petitions were later sent to the president.

Earlier on March 19, the Appellate Division rejected their petitions for a review of its earlier verdict upholding a High Court verdict that had sentenced the three to death.

On March 21, the copy of the Appellate Division full verdict dismissing the review petitions reached Kashimpur High Security Central Jail in Gazipur and Sylhet Central Jail.

Mufti Hannan and Sharif Shahedul Alam Bipul are in condemned cells at the high security jail and Delwar Hossain Ripon is in the condemned cell at Sylhet Central Jail, prison officials said.

According to the sensational case, the convicts threw several grenades aiming at the entrance of Hazrat Shahjalal shrine in Sylhet city on May 21, 2004 with the intention to kill the then UK high commissioner to Bangladesh Anwar Choudhury when he was about to enter the shrine.

Anwar Choudhury, Sylhet deputy commissioner Abul Hossain and 36 bystanders were injured while assistant police sub-inspector Kamal Uddin and two bystanders were killed in the grenade attack.

Source: New Age

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