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Jamaat calls for protests as war crimes convict buried

Security personnel cordon an ambulance leaving Central Jail carrying the body of Jamaat leader Muhammad Kamaruzzaman, after he was executed in Dhaka.  

Top Jamaat-e-Islami leader Muhammad Kamaruzzaman was on Sunday buried at his ancestral home after his overnight execution for committing war crimes and mass killing during Bangladesh’s 1971 independence war against Pakistan even as his supporters called for nationwide protests.

Kamaruzzaman was buried at his village home in northern Sherpur after he was hanged late on Saturday night, officials said.

“He was buried at his village home at Kumri Mudipara at about 5:10 in the morning (local time) while people at the neighbourhood joined the funeral prayers ahead of the burial,” a police official said.

Nine vehicles of paramilitary Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB), elite anti-crime Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) and police escorted an ambulance, which carried his body to the village even as the execution met with an angry reaction from his party, which called for a protest strike on Monday and a mass prayer on Sunday.


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