India has declined to comment on the violence in Bangladesh that has continued with the execution of Abdul Quader Mollah, assistant secretary general of the Jammat-e-Islami.
“This is an outcome of the internal judicial processes and [the] laws of Bangladesh,” said the External Affairs Ministry spokesperson.
The Foreign Office said New Delhi was confident that as a democracy, Bangladesh would resolve its differences through dialogue and peaceful means. “We proceed with our relations with Bangladesh on the principles of mutual respect, mutual benefit, non-interference and respect for each other’s sovereignty,’’ the spokesperson added. Qadir Mollah was convicted by Bangladesh International Crimes Tribunal for collaborating with Pakistani forces in killing nearly 400 people during the country’s war of Independence in 1971. He was sentenced to life imprisonment but the Supreme Court changed the verdict to death sentence in September. The Tribunal is fixing the responsibility for the killing of an estimated 30 lakh people and brutalisation of over two lakh women in the nine-month struggle for the Independence.