A man from Tangail has been handed death penalty for abduction and killing of philanthropist Ranada Prasad Saha during the Liberation War.
International Crimes Tribunal-1 led by Justice Md Shahinur Islam found Mahbubur Rahman, a Jamaat-e-Islami follower, guilty in three charges in the verdict delivered this morning.
Mahbubur Rahman was present at the dock when the tribunal delivered the verdict.
The prosecution prayed for capital punishment of the lone accused Mahbubur Rahman, saying all three charges have been proven against him beyond reasonable doubt.
Defence counsel Gazi MH Tamim prayed for the accused’s acquittal saying that the prosecution failed to prove the charges brought against his client.
Mahbubur’s late father Abdul Wadud alias Wadud Moulana was the chairman of Mirzapur Peace Committee, an anti-liberation organisation, while he (Mahbubur) and his late brother were involved in Razakar Bahini, an auxiliary force of the Pakistan army in 1971, according to investigators.
A Jamaat follower, Mahbubur ran for the chairman post of Mirzapur Union Parishad in Tangail as an independent candidate three times but never succeeded, they said.
The prosecution on January 10 last year pressed three charges against Mahbubur, including abduction and killing of Ranada Prasad, his son Bhabani Prasad, and five others.
Two other charges are: killing 33 Hindu people in Shahapara, Mirzapur and killing 22 Hindu men from different villages in the upazila.