The family members of death-row war crimes convict Jamaat-e-Islami leader Mir Quasem Ali met him Kashimpur Jail on Saturday as his execution looms following his decision not to seek clemency.Thirty-eight family members of Mir Quasem coming in six vehicles reached the jail gate around 3.35pm.They spent one hour and 23 minutes with him and got out of it around 6:08 pm, the jail sources said.“I’m not afraid of death. It’s my bad luck that I could not meet my son in the last moment of my life. This death is martyrdom.
Those who are engaged in the execution of my death will concede defeat one day,” Mir Quasem’s wife Khandaker Aeysha Khatun quoted her husband as saying during their meeting.She was talking to reporters at the jail gate after emerging from the jail.Earlier in the morning, the prison authorities asked the family of Mir Quasem Ali to meet him.Meanwhile, six platoons of BGB members were deployed in Dhaka while four platoons in Gazipur to strengthen security ahead of Mir Quasem’s execution, said sources at the BGB Headquarters.Mir Quashem’s family sources said the Department of Prisons sent them a letter around 9am asking them to meet him at the jail at 3:30pm.The letter mentioned that 22-23 visitors can meet him at the jail.Besides, Additional Inspector General of Prisons Iqbal Hassan entered the Kashimpur jail around 2:00pm, said senior jail super Prashanta Kumar Banik.Earlier, the jail authorities started the process of hanging Mir Quasem Ali as per the Supreme Court verdict following his decision not to seek presidential mercy.Security in and around Kashimpur Central Jail has already been beefed up over the imminent execution.Law enforcers were deployed in front of the jail gate with an increased number of regular jail guards. Besides, the leave of all jail officials and employees has been cancelled.A team of hangmen, led by Shahjahan, is also ready.Doctors on Friday examined Mir Quasem’s health at the Condemned Cell-40. However, the jail authorities could not say for sure when the verdict will be executed.Quasem informed his decision not to seek presidential clemency to the prison authorities around 3:30pm on Friday.The copy of the Supreme Court verdict rejecting the review plea of Mir Quasem reached the jail from Dhaka Central Jail in Keraniganj around 12:45am on Wednesday.On Tuesday, the top court upheld the death penalty for Quasem for the crimes he committed against humanity during the Liberation War in 1971.The International Crimes Tribunal-2 sentenced Mir Quasem, the Al-Badr chief in the port city of Chittagong in 1971, to death on November 02, 2014.On November 30, 2014, he filed an appeal with the SC challenging the death penalty.