Jamaat-e-Islami celebration vice chairman Delwar Hossain Sayedee suffers deadly coronary heart assault in a jail hospital
THOUSANDS of livid protesters marched in Bangladesh on Monday (14) hours after a robust jailed Islamist opposition chief died of a coronary heart assault aged 83, officers mentioned.
Delwar Hossain Sayedee, vice chairman of the opposition Jamaat-e-Islami celebration, died in a jail hospital early Monday night, simply greater than a decade since his conviction by a controversial conflict crimes court docket triggered the deadliest political violence within the nation’s historical past.
Hundreds of mourners and supporters of Sayedee rallied exterior the hospital after his dying, chanting “Allahu akbar”, or “God is best”, with giant numbers of police deployed.
“We received’t let the blood of Sayedee go in useless,” supporters shouted, with many blaming the federal government of prime minister Sheikh Hasina, which is getting ready for key common elections slated for January.
Hospital authorities mentioned Sayedee was admitted to the well being facility after struggling a coronary heart assault in Kashimpur Jail exterior the capital Dhaka on Sunday (13).
“He confronted one other coronary heart assault in the present day (Monday) at 6.45 pm (12:45 GMT) and died at 8.40 pm,” hospital director Brigadier Normal Rezaur Rahman mentioned, including he had had 5 stents inserted into his arteries.
Jamaat-e-Islami introduced Sayedee’s dying on its Fb web page, the place it accused the authorities of “slowly turning him right into a martyr with out therapy within the jail”.
Sayedee was sentenced to dying in 2013 by a war-crimes tribunal on eight fees of homicide, rape and persecution of Hindus, triggering lethal protests by 1000’s of supporters nationwide, leaving greater than 100 individuals useless.
The celebration mentioned tens of 1000’s of its supporters have been arrested in a subsequent crackdown, and the celebration was solely this 12 months in a position to maintain public protests once more.
In 2014, Bangladesh’s Supreme Courtroom mentioned Sayedee ought to spend “the remainder of his pure life” in jail for crimes throughout the 1971 liberation conflict with Pakistan.
Sayedee shot to prominence within the Nineteen Eighties after he began preaching in a number of the Muslim-majority nation’s high mosques.
In his heyday he would draw tons of of 1000’s to his periods and CDs of his speeches have been high sellers.
Even individuals who weren’t supporters of Jamaat attended his preachings.
Jamaat-e-Islami was banned for a lot of the Nineteen Seventies for its assist of Pakistan throughout the conflict, however by the Nineties it had turn out to be the nation’s third largest celebration and the most important Islamist outfit.
Political analysts credit score Sayedee’s preaching for remodeling the celebration into a significant pressure.