A minister this evening hinted that Kamruzzaman’s execution might take place tomorrow after series of preparatory activities at the Dhaka jail that sent signals of move to execute the death row war criminal , . “Steps can be taken tomorrow so that his family can meet him for the last time at jail,” State Minister for Home Asaduzzaman Khan told this correspondent Friday night.
Security around the Dhaka Central Jail, where the Jamaat assistant secretary general has been kept, which was boosted suddenly, was relaxed after 9:15pm and traffic was allowed to ply there again. The Jamaat leader, who was given death penalty for crimes against humanity during Bangladesh’s 1971 Liberation War, yesterday sought time to make his mind about seeking presidential clemency. A sudden boost in security around the jail, visit of Dhaka’s assistant civil surgeon, top police officials, and keeping an ambulance ready near the jail gate shortly after the state minister told the media around 8:30pm that Kamaruzzaman would not be given any further time.
Talking to reporters following a programme at Shilpakala Academy in the capital this evening, state minister Asaduzzaman Khan said Kamaruzzaman further said that preparations were underway for execution of his death sentence. Contacted to be certain if there was move to carry out the execution tonght, Kamaruzzaman’s family said that they were not officially informed about any such move. Meanwhile, a large number of police and members from Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) were deployed around the Dhaka jail. The law enforcers made the roads around the jail off-limits to public. An ambulance was brought and kept in front of the jail gate, this correspondent reports.