Dhaka – Three Islamist militants hanged over their conviction in the 2004 deadly shrine attack in Sylhet were buried to their respective village homes early on Thursday, officials said.
Harkat-ul-Jihad al-Islami chief Abdul Hannan and his associates — Delwar Alias Ripon and Sharif Shahedul Alam Bipul – were executed on Wednesday night at Kashimpur jail and Sylhet jail.
Mufti Hannan was buried at his village home in Gopalganj districts while his two associates in Chandpur and Moulvibazar districts respectively.
Hannan was buried at his family graveyard after a namaj-e-janaza at Hiron Bala Girls’ Madrasha and Orphanage premises around in the morning. His brother Munshi Aliuzzaman conducted the namaj-e-janaza.
Sharif Shahedul Alam alias Bipul was buried at his family graveyard at Meshadi village in Sadar upazila of Chandpur district. Bipul’s father Hemayet Uddin received the body and a funeral prayer was held near the graveyard.
Family and relatives received the body.
Ripon was buried at his village home in Kulaura upazila of Moulvibazar district.
The trio militants were hanged after President Abdul Hamid rejected their petitions seeking clemency against their death sentence handed down by a trial court in Sylhet in 2008.
Hannan and his associates were convicted of carrying out the attack that killed three people, including two police officers, and injured more than 50 people.
Former British High Commissioner to Bangladesh, Anwar Choudhury, was among the in injured as he was visiting the historic shrine in the north-eastern city of Sylhet, his birthplace.
Investigators said the Islamists threw the grenades at Choudhury as he left a mosque near the shrine following Friday Muslim prayers. Choudhury is serving as British High Commissioner now in a Latin American country.
Hannan, who is also known as Mufti Hannan, is blamed for a series of terrorist attacks in Bangladesh, including an attempt on the life of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.