Ansar Ahmed Ullah: UK Bengalis demanded that convicted war criminal, killer of intellectuals Chowdhury Mueenuddin be extradited to Bangladesh at a demo to coincide with the ‘Intellectual Martyred Day’ on 14 December in London.
Protest was held outside British Prime Minister Theresa May’s official residence 10 Downing street demanding extradition of war criminal Chowdhury Mueenuddin back to Bangladesh to face justice. In addition, Syed Enamul Islam, in solidarity with the protest went on hunger strike from dawn to dusk.
It was in 2013 Bangladesh’s International Crimes Tribunal (ICT) found Chowdhury Mueenuddin guilty of abducting and killings of country’s top intellectuals during Bangladesh’s War of Independence in 1971. Eleven charges of killing of 18 intellectuals between the early hours of 11 December and 15 Decemberin 1971 against Mueenuddin were proved beyond doubt. In 1971, Chowdhury Mueenuddin collaborated with the occupying Pakistani military forces in killing intellectual community to make the new nation intellectuality crippled. At the trial Mueenuddin was identified as the head of a secret, commando-like organisation of fanatic Islamists that murdered several hundred prominent Bengali professors, doctors, lawyers and journalists in Dhaka’s brickyard. Mueenuddin went into hiding when Bangladesh became independent and fled to the UK.
Following the protest a Light Vigil in remembrance of the martyred intellectuals was held in Trafalgar Square. The protest ended with the UK Awami League’s President Sultan Shariff, Nirmul Committee’s Acting President Syed Enamul Islam, Asst Gen Secretary Jamal Khan, Gonojagoron Moncho’s spokesperson Ajanta Dev Roy, Gonojagoron Moncho’s Coordinator Kamrul Hassan Tushar & others addressing the gathering. The protest was organised by the UK Nirmul Committee, Gonojagoron Moncho & Campaign to Extradite Convicted War Criminal Chowdhury Mueenuddin to Bangladesh.