Dhaka: Bangladesh on Wednesday executed a top Islamist militant leader Mufti Abdul Hannan and his two associates for 2004 grenade attack on the then UK High Commissioner Anwar Choudhury.
Hannan, chief of banned militant outfit Harkat-ul-Jihad-al-Islami (Huji), and his aide Sharif Shahedul Alam Bipul were hanged at Kashimpur High Security Prison in Gazipur around 10:00pm, Inspector General of Prisons Brig Gen Syed Iftekhar Uddin confirmed The Daily Star.
The other Huji militant Delwar Hossain alias Ripon was also executed at Sylhet Central Jail around 10:00pm, he added.
Three people were killed and some 70 others, including Anwar Choudhury, were injured in the grenade attack at the shrine of Hazrat Shahjalal (RA) in Sylhet after the Juma prayers on May 21, 2004.
The Bangladesh-born British diplomat suffered minor leg injuries barely 18 days into his new assignment.
The Sylhet Divisional Speedy Trial Tribunal awarded death sentence to the trio on December 23 in 2008 in connection with the case.
The tribunal also awarded life terms 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 2016, the Supreme Court upheld the death penalties for the Huji militants.
After the three condemned militants filed mercy petitions, Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan on Sunday told reporters that the president rejected them.
The authorities this evening beefed up security in and around the Kashimpur jail, where condemned Huji militant Sharif Shahedul Alam 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 Delwar Hossain alias Ripon, the other condemned Huji militant, entered Sylhet Central Jail around 6:45pm to meet him, reports our Sylhet correspondent quoting Senior Jail Super Sagir Mian.
Earlier on Wednesday morning, family members of Hannan met him at Kashimpur Central 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.