Five convicts, now behind the bars, are Syed Farooq Rahman, Sultan Shahriar Rashid Khan, Mohiuddin Ahmed, Bazlul Huda and AKM Mohiuddin Ahmed. After a meeting at the law ministry, Shafique told reporters that the government would execute them as per the jail code. According to law, persons sentenced to death must be executed between 21 and 28 days from the day of issuance of death warrants.
The minister however said two convicts who did not seek mercy to the president could still appeal for mercy. They are Syed Farooq Rahman and Mohiuddin Ahmed. The Appellate Division had earlier dismissed the petitions filed by the five condemned convicts seeking to review the verdict against them. A four-member bench of the Appellate Division headed by Chief Justice Md Tafazzul Islam passed the order, clearing the way for the execution.
The Bangladesh Supreme Court on 19 November last year confirmed capital punishment to 12 former army officers including the five. Of the 12 condemned convicts of the case, one has died while six others are on the run. READ BBC STORY
PTI, Mumbai, 27 January : Kolkata Knight Riders have exhausted their quota of foreign cricketers but they would have loved to have Pakistani players in their ranks, co-owner of the IPL franchisee Shah Rukh Khan said today.
"We did have a number of them in the first IPL and in the second, no Pakistani player was allowed to play. This year, we don't have any more slot left. But if we had and they are made available legally, we would have loved to have them," the actor said. "We had one slot this year and we took Shane Bond, because we needed a fast bowler. We would have loved to have any player from any country which would boost our team," Shah Rukh said.
Jhargram, 27 January : Suspected Maoists shot dead a Trinamool Congress worker near Jhargram in West Midnapore district.
Police said the bullet-riddled body of 26-year-old Rishi Dolai was found from Barokuria ghat on the Kangsabati river this morning. At least 25 armed Maoists surrounded Dolai's house at Manikpara last night and took him out on gunpoint to the riverside, police said. His hands were tied behind and he was shot on the head from a point blank range. Dolai was an aide of Sk Mintu Ali, a local Trinamool leader, who was killed by Maoists on 7 January.