Salahuddin Quader Chowdhury is one of the most criticized politicians in Bangladesh. He is mostly known as Saka Chowdhury. He is also a convicted war criminal of Bangladesh Liberation War in 1971. For this reason, he is now sentenced to capital punishment for charges including torture, murder, genocide and rape in the liberation war. He was also a Member of Parliament of Bangladesh National Party (BNP).
Saka Chowdhury was born in a political family. Salahuddin Quader Chowdhury bought up at Raujan in Chittagong, Bangladesh. His father was Fazlul Quader Chowdhury, a Speaker of Pakistan National Assembly and Acting President of Pakistan various times before the independence of Bangladesh. He actively supported Pakistan in the liberation war. After snatching the victory, He was sent jail and died there.
Shaka Chowdhury was a Member of Parliament of Bangladesh. He worked as the advisor of parliamentary affairs to the Khaleda Zia, who was Prime Minister of Bangladesh during the year of 2001 to 2006. Saka is an unbeaten candidate of Bangladesh who never loses in his constituency, Rangunia, Chittagong. He was elected in his constituency in the years of 1991, 1996, 2001 and 2008. He is one of the most powerful leaders in Bangladesh National Party (BNP).
The Capital Punishment
1st October, 2013 is a special day to the liberation war’s martyrs and all the civilians of Bangladesh because; in this day the International Crimes Tribunal sentenced him to death penalty by hanging. He is accused of nine out of twenty-three charges against him. But, his family and political party say that the decision is politically motivated.
The most important charges those are going to hang Salahuddin Chowdhury on.
- Abduction of 7 Hindu minority and killing 6 of them on April 4-5, 1971.
- Accompanying Pakistan army at the time of killing Maddhya Gohira Hindu Parha in Raozan on April 13, 1971.
- Killing Kundeshwari Oushadhalaya owner and social worker Nutan Chandra Singha April 13, 1971.
- Accompanying Pakistan army at the time of killing about 32 people, arson, looting and raping.
- Complicity in killing of Satish Chandra Palit on April 14, burning his house and deportation of his family.
- Combined attack with Pakistan army to Hindu populated Shakhapura village at Boalkhali and killing 76 people.