BNP blocked Ahsanullah Master murder probe
The four-party alliance led by Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) had blocked the investigation process of finding out the masterminds of the killing of AL leader Ahsanullah master to protect the BNP’s top leaders.
On April 18, 2005, the then US ambassador to Bangladesh Harry K Thomas quoting reliable sources in a cable report informed Washington about the incident that was published by Wikileaks, a much talked about website on August 30 last. Quoting reliable sources in the cable repot Harry K Thomas said that the then ruling government blocked police investigation about involvement of BNP’s top leaders into the gruesome murder.
On May 7, 2004, Ahsanullah Master, a sitting member of Bangla-desh Jatiya Sangsad, was shot dead in broad daylight at a meeting at Gazipur district.
One year after the killing, a speedy tribunal court had sentenced 22 people to death while handed over six others lifetime imprisonment on April 16, 2005 for the murder.
Most of the convicts are the leaders and workers of the than ruling party BNP. Of them, 10 are now hiding in different neighbouring countries while 16 are now in jail custody and the rest two have died.
Although Awami League expressed satisfaction over the judgment but it demanded finding out of the masterminds of the killing and brought them to justice.
After the incident, Ahsan Ullah Master’s son Zahid Hassan Russel was elected as parliament member of Gazipur -2 constituencies 2004 bye- elections and later he was re-elected in 2008 general election.
Russel, at present chairman of parliamentary standing committee on the ministry of youth and sports, demanded immediate extradition of the killers hiding abroad and execution of the court verdict.