Five of the convicted killers of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman have been hiding in different countries.
They 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 and Rashed Chowdhury while it was not sure about the other three fugitives -- Rashid, Dalim and Moslehuddin.
According to the government, Noor Chowdhury has been living in Canada while Rashed Chowdhury in the USA.
Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen and Law Minister Anisul Huq said the government is working to bring back Noor Chowdhury and Rashed Chowdhury and trace the whereabouts of the three other convicts.
Attorney General Mahbubey Alam urged Bangladeshis living in different countries to be alert to trace the three fugitive convicts.
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.
Of them, five killers of Bangabandhu – Syed Farooq Rahman, Sultan Shahriar Rashid Khan, Bazlul Huda, AKM Mohiuddin Ahmed and Mohiuddin Ahmed – were hanged in January 2010.
Captain (dismissed) Abdul Majed was hanged on April 12 last while another killer Aziz Pasha met natural death in Zimbabwe in 2001.
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, 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.