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  16 Aug 2022, 19:28

Killer Rashed's deportation could be a game-changer in Bangladesh-US ties:  Tawfiq-e-Elahi 


 
WASHINGTON DC, August 16, 2022 (BSS) - Prime Minister's Energy Adviser Dr 
Tawfiq-e-Elahi Chowdhury, Bir Bikram, has sought sincere cooperation of the 
US government to deport Rashed Chowdhury, a fugitive convicted killer of 
Bangabandhu, to Bangladesh immediately to face Justice. 

"It would be a game-changer between Bangladesh-US bilateral relations by 
deporting the fugitive convicted killer of Bangabandhu Rashed Chowdhury who 
is now staying in the US," he said this while addressing a seminar as the 
chief guest on Monday afternoon.

Bangladesh Embassy in Washington DC organised the seminar as part of the 
observance of the National Mourning Day and the 47th martyrdom anniversary of 
Father of Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman with Bangladesh Ambassador 
to the United States (US) M Shahidul Islam in the chair.

The seminar titled "Deportation of the killer of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur 
Rahman: A long pending issue in Bangladesh-US relations". 

Professor of North Carolina Central University Dr ABM Nasir presented the 
keynote paper on the seminar.
 
Dr Tawfiq-e-Elahi Chowdhury, a gallantry award-recipient valiant Freedom 
Fighter said that the continued stay of Bangabandhu's killer (Rashed 
Chowdhury) in the US was unfortunate.

Bangladesh Ambassador in the US, in his remarks, gave an overview on the 
Awami League government's efforts to secure deportation of Bangabandhu's 
self-confessed killer Rashed Chowdhury. 

He said that the main objective of the seminar was to create greater 
awareness among the US citizens and Bangladeshi-American diaspora of the 
urgent need for extradition of the heinous killer of Bangabandhu to further 
solidify Bangladesh-US relations. 
 
Professor Dr ABM Nasir, in his keynoter paper, said killer Rashed Chowdhury 
has committed crimes against humanity by brutally killing three children, two 
pregnant females and other unarmed civilians. He demanded to the US 
government to immediately detain and deport Rashed Chowdhury to Bangladesh.
 
Deputy Chief of Mission Ferdousi Shahriar moderated the seminar while Eminent 
Actor Syed Hasan Imam, Noted Choreographer and Dancer Laila Hasan, renowned 
Newscaster Sarkar Kabir Uddin, Valiant Freedom Fighter Harun Chowdhury, 
Counsellor of the Embassy Arifa Rahman Ruma and General Secretary of 
Washington Metro Awami League Shafiqul Azam Azad spoke at the seminar, among 
others. 
 
The Prime Minister's Energy Adviser earlier inaugurated a 17-day long photo 
exhibition on the life and works of the Father of the Nation at Bangabandhu 
Auditorium here. 
 
Earlier, the Embassy chalked out elaborate programs to pay deepest homage to 
Bangabandhu, the greatest Bengali of all time who was brutally assassinated 
along with most of his family members on the fateful night of August 15 in 
1975.
 
The day's programs began in the morning with the ceremonial hoisting of the 
national flag at half-mast by Ambassador Shahidul Islam. The national anthem 
was played at this time.
 
Later, the Ambassador accompanied by the Embassy officers, placed a floral 
wreath at the bust of the Father of the Nation at the Bangabandhu Corner.
 
Messages of the Hon'ble President, Hon'ble Prime Minister, Foreign Minister 
and State Minister were read out by Defence Attache' Brig Gen Md Shahedul 
Islam, Minister (Press) AZM Sajjad Hossain, Minister (Political-I) Dewan Ali 
Ashraf and Minister (Political-II) Md Rashedujjaman. 
 
Counsellor Mohammad Moniruzzaman and Counsellor and Head of Chancery Md 
Mahmudul Islam conducted the programmes in the afternoon and morning 
respectively.
 
 

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