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SQ Chowdhury believed to have aided Pakistan army in killing
Publication Date : 15-02-2013
A prosecution witness yesterday said war crimes accused Salauddin Quader Chowdhury had identified his father and brother for the Pakistan army to have them picked up during the Liberation War.
Witness Sheikh Murshed's father Sheikh Mozaffar Ahmed and brother Sheikh Alamgir were never returned home after they were taken by the Pakistani army on April 17, 1971.
The 20th prosecution witness told the International Crimes Tribunal-1 in his testimony on Thursay, “After Salauddin Quader Chowdhury pointed them out, the Pakistani army took them to an army camp and killed them.”
Chowdhury, a member of the Standing Committee of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party and a member of the Parliament from the Chittagong-2 constituency, is facing 23 charges for allegedly committing crimes against humanity during Bangladesh's Liberation War of 1971. He is accused of direct complicity in abduction and murder.
The 62-year-old witness said he learnt from his other brother Anwar and uncle Ali that on the day when his father and Alamgir had been returning from Raozan Upazila in a car, Pakistani army personnel had stopped them at an intersection in Hathazari.
Alamgir's wife Umme Habiba Sultana and aunt Momtaj Begum and two others were with them.
After checking the vehicle, the army personnel were about to let them go when Chowdhury, along with his associates reached the spot, the witness said.
Chowdhury then asked the army personnel to hold the car. He and the army personnel got Murshed's father and brother out of the car and took them to an army camp.
“They said my father and brother would be questioned and then freed,” the witness said.
A few minutes later, Momtaj Begum and others learnt that Murshed's father and brother had been arrested.
Murshed, with the help of a retired Pakistani army officer, later searched the camp and the cantonment but could not find the two.
Chowdhury's father Fazlul Quader Chowdhury was a relative of Alamgir's mother-in-law. She went to Fazlul's home Goods Hill for information.
Fazlul told her that Ahmed and Alamgir might have been killed, the witness said.