If a ‘rebellion’ succeeds, it becomes ‘revolution’ and ‘rebels’ called the ‘heroes of revolution’. If a struggle to ‘secede’ succeeds it is denominated, although mistakenly, ‘liberation movement’. In both cases opponents of rebellion/ call to secede are labeled as ‘traitors’. Later many of them are put to death by blood thirsty ‘heroes’ of rebellion or secession. Aim is to suppress opposition if any or eliminate opponents to avenge. History is full of such killings. One more name has been added in the long list last on Thursday, 13th December, at 10.01 P.M. when Hasina Wajed’s establishment in Bangladesh hanged a soft spoken senior political leader of 65, Abdul Kadir Mollah in Dhaka Prison. Death is inevitable. Important thing is how it comes and how one takes the inevitable.
His putting to death is unique in the sense that it happened after 42 years of crimes he was alleged for and arrested after 4 decades. There was no case against him till 2012. This is unparallel in the history of ‘executions’ of ‘war criminals’ and so Hasina Wajed may safely claim her place in ‘Records Book’.
Mollah’s only ‘fault’ was that he did not submit to emotionally surcharged movement of 1971 to secede Eastern part of the country from Pakistan. The movement was a provocation of mishandling political situation by equally emotional political class of West Pakistan. International forces jumped in to exploit the situation and break a Muslim Nation.
Is it a crime to jump in the fire, to save his country from disintegration, for which one should be hanged even after 42 years? No, not at all; that was the call of loyalty towards his Nation and expression of faith in the unity of the country. Millions others who could not swallow the pill are still being forced to languish like refugees in their own country. Nobody in the regime is concerned for them
After creation of Bangladesh, her father Sheikh Mujiburrahman was the President of the country and ruled single handedly. He did not notice the alleged ‘butcher of Mirpur’. Mrs. Wajed herself was P.M. for a full term earlier and no case was registered against the persecuted person or other member of the organization he belonged. Suddenly when her second term was nearing to complete and she felt that all round chaos in the country have made her political future bleak, she turned to emotionalize the atmosphere so that she may remained clinched to the power. Elections are due next month and she is still evading handing over reins of power to neutral caretaker Government, as was done earlier because she fears fair polls may go against her party. It is why many people called the execution as “Political Murder”.
|Wife and daughter arrive for last meeting|
WAS HE A THREAT?
After the historic fall of Dhaka on 16th Dec, 1971, when Commander of Pakistani Forces in erstwhile East Pakistan, Gen A. K. Niazi surrendered his gun to Gen. Jaswant Singh Arora of Indian Army, new reality emerged. Abdul Kadir Mollah and his likes for the unity conceded their failure gracefully and reconciled to emerging reality. They all earnestly dedicated themselves for building new nation from the rubbles. They stepped up in the service of the people as Allah ordained for His believers. For the purpose, they en mmase joined main stream politics. Abdul Kadir Mollah was very much visible. Did his actions or words ever caused doubt about his loyalty to Bangladesh? Was he ever considered threat to anybody’s life or risk to public order, which necessitated extreme step to eliminate him and ban his organization? No nothing of the sort was ever reported in last 42 years. Still Hasina Wajed’s Government banned normal political activities of his party and was so keen to see Mollah and others dead. Why?
ELECTIONS IN SIGHT
This is ironical that the lady wanted to raise emotions to gain popularity and win the elections by soaking her hands in the blood of innocent people. The people who take name of Allah and want to raise His name above the rituals. This may please enemies of Allah but surely displease Allah, whose pleasure perhaps has no meaning to power thirsty souls.
Mollah, a senior citizen of 65 was hurriedly hanged within hours of rejection his plea for review in Supreme Court. The Government wanted to hang him on Tuesday, but barely 90 minutes before he was to be taken to gallows a chamber judge stayed the act till final verdict of SC. Mollah then said, ‘Nobody knows, time between life and death except Allah’.
However Bangladesh Government fared better than some others. Mollah’s family was given an opportunity to see him for the last time. His body was not secretly buried in a corner of Jail premises but handed over to his family immediately after execution. The coffin was taken in police escort to his native village in central Faridpur District, where he was buried beside his parents after a pre-dawn Namaz-e-janaza attended by several hundred people.
Hasina Wajed created an “International War Tribunal”(IWT) to try Jamaat-e-Islami Bangladesh leaders for alleged war crimes. The proceeding of IWT always remained under the clouds and many International bodies raised objections on fairness of the procedure. In February Mollah was awarded life imprisonment with some others (see tally). The conviction triggered wide spread violent demonstrations and bloody clashes.
Before going in appeal government amended the “International Crimes Tribunal Act-1973” on 17 September 2013, which allowed the government to appeal against the order of tribunal. The State on March 3, 213 appealed with the SC against the ruling, terming life imprisonment “inadequate” and seeking the death penalty. On September 17, a five-member bench of the Appellate Division headed by Chief Justice Md Muzammel Hossain revised the verdict, sentencing Mollah to death. The review petition was dismissed as untenable at 12.30 P.M. and he was hanged same day at 10.01 P.M.
HIS LAST MESSAGE
Abdul Kader Mollah said to his family members (visiting him for the last time on 10/12/2013, 8pm BDT, Dhaka central jail),
“I have been your guardian. If this government kills me unjustly, then that will be a death of martyrdom. After my martyrdom, Allah the Almighty will be your guardian. He is the best of guardians. So you have no reason to worry.
I am totally innocent. They are killing me only because of my involvement with the Islamic movement. Not everyone is fortunate enough to have a death of martyrdom. Whoever is blessed with martyrdom by Allah is indeed a fortunate person. If I receive the martyrdom then that will be the greatest achievement of my life.
Every single drop of my blood will speed up the advance of the Islamic movement and will cause the destruction of the oppressor.
I am not worried about myself. I am concerned about the future of the country and the Islamic movement.
To the best of my knowledge, I have never done anything wrong. I have dedicated my whole life to the Islamic movement for the salvation my people of Bangladesh. I have never bowed down to injustice, and will never do so in the future.
It is out of question to seek forgiveness/clemency to any worldly person. Allah is the custodian of the life. Only Allah will decide how I would die. My death will not happen according to the decision of any other person. The time and the manner of my death will happen only according the decision of Allah.
So, I will accept the decision from Allah happily. You must observe patience. Only through patience and tolerance you will achieve the victory promised by Allah. Not this world, but the hereafter is my goal. I request to the countrymen for prayers for the acceptance of my martyrdom by Allah. I give the countrymen my Salam.”
NO TO MERCY PLEA
Mollah was repeatedly approached by officials, at least thrice after death sentence to seek clemency from the President of the country, but he strongly refused and embarrassed death at time and in a manner Allah decided for him.
He spent his last moment reading Quran. He was provided new cloths and water for bath. He remained calm and composed. At around 8:15 P.M., Inspector General (Prisons) Main Uddin Khandaker entered his cell. Fifteen minutes later, flood lights of the prisons were turned on.
Around 9:15pm, deputy commissioner of Dhaka, Civil Surgeon of Dhaka Abdul Malek, and Imam of Dhaka Central Jail Jame-Mosque Monir Hossain arrived. He was taken to gallows. Hands tied on the back and face covered by black cloths. He said Salam to all present, uttered Kalima Shadah, wear the gallows and 10:01 the liver was dropped. After 20 Minutes doctors declared him dead and brought his body down.