Update November 3, 2015

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Commission formed in London to investigate killing of 4 national leaders

Sumel Sarker

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Commission formed in London to investigate killing of 4 national leaders

03 November 2015,Nirapad News: An investigation commission was constituted in London to investigate into the August 15 massacre of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and most of his family members and the subsequent killing of four national leaders inside Dhaka Central Jail on November 3 in 1975.

On 18 September in 1980, the investigation commission was constituted formally to investigate into the reasons which had been creating hindrance in taking legal action and trial process against the persons accused of the killings.

However, the initiative in this regard could not be succeeded due to non-cooperation of the then government of Bangladesh and as a member of the commission was not issued with visa to visit Dhaka then. President Ziaur Rahman was the head of the government of Bangladesh then.

This was disclosed in the book of Prof Abu Sayeed, “Bangabandhu killing: Facts and Documents”. It was stated in the book that in response to the appeal of Bangabandhu’s daughters Sheikh Hasina and Sheikh Rehana, Monsur Ali’s son Mohammad Selim and Syed Nazrul Islam’s son Syed Ashraful Islam, the initiative for constituting a commission under the leadership of Sir Thomas Williams, QC, was taken then.

The appeal of the wards of the slain national leaders received huge support in public rallies at home and abroad. In September, 1980, the first meeting of the commission was held at a committee room of the House of Commons with Sir Thomas Williams, QC, in the chair. Jeffry Thomas, QC, and solicitor Ebro Rose attended the meeting.

After the meeting, a statement was issued at a press conference announcing formation of the commission and its plan of action. After examining different documentary evidences, the commission reached to a conclusion that the killings were carried out under the leadership of a few retired and in-service army officers. Apparently, Lt Col Faruque, Lt Col Rashid and Major Shariful Huq Dalim were identified as the leaders of the coups of killings.

The commission also took into cognigence, the contents of the interview given by Col Faruque to the London Sunday published on August 30 in 1976 taking responsibilities of the killings of Bangabandhu and most of his family members and the subsequent murder of four national leaders inside jail.

The commission decided to send one of its members to visit Dhaka to investigate in person as to what were the impediments in taking the law its own course for trial process of these killings.

Accordingly, Jeffery Thomas, QC, along with an aide would visit Dhaka on January 13 in 1981. After completion of all the formalities of issuance of visa, Bangladesh High Commission in London later on let them know that visa would not be issued for Jeffery Thomas.

After rejection of visa, the commission then held the opinion that the then government was responsible for not letting the law to take its own course and creating obstruction for the trial process of the killings.

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