Captain (relieved) Kismat Hashem, who was awarded a life term imprisonment in the historic jail killing case, died in Canada yesterday.
Kismat, 65, died from a cardiac arrest in his house in Montreal city around 6:00am (Bangladesh time), his younger brother Shawkat Hashem, a BNP leader of Narayanganj city, told The Daily Star.
Kismat will be buried in Montreal after Juma prayers today. He left Bangladesh shortly after the brutal jail killing of Syed Nazrul Islam, acting president of Bangladesh government in exile, Tajuddin Ahmad, prime minister, M Mansur Ali, finance minister, and AHM Qamaruzzaman, minister of home affairs, relief and rehabilitation inside Dhaka Central Jail on November 3, 1975.
The four leaders had been sent to jail soon after the August 15 bloodbath.
Police headquarters in Dhaka issued an arrest warrant for Kismat through Interpol. Bangladesh foreign ministry also made efforts to bring him back to Dhaka but failed.