By Kazi Zulkader Siddiqui, 671/Latif
Golam Rabbani, kit no.
306/Jinnah House joined Cadet College Petaro in 1962 and left the college in
1966 after completing his Intermediate.
He was born on 4 October 1947.
He was shot at in an assassination attempt at Chittagong and died on 24 April 2004
at a Bangkok Hospital.
Golam Rabbani belonged to East Pakistan. After passing out from Petaro,
he joined the Pakistan Navy.
After the 1971 separation of East Pakistan and the
creation of Bangladesh, Golam Rabbani became an
officer of the Bangladesh Navy. He had
participated in the Bangladesh independence
movement and was recognized as a freedom fighter, and became the
aide-de-camp (ADC) of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and was
regarded highly in the Awami League circles. He was also
a witness to the murder of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
He retired from the Bangladesh Navy as a
Commodore. After his retirement, he was appointed
the Chairman of the Chittagong Port Authority (CPA). Later
on, he became the Managing Director of Korean
Export Processing Zone (KEPZ).
On April 11, 2004, Commodore(R) Rabbani was shot
at by a group of gunmen on the outskirts of the
port city at Muradpur while on his way to KEPZ in a microbus.
He was badly injured and a bullet pierced through his
He remained in a state of coma and was at first moved to
Chittagong Medical College Hospital and then taken to CMH Dhaka. On 14 April, he
was flown via a special air ambulance to Bangkok, Thailand and admitted to
the Bumrungrad Hospital where he was put on a
ventilator. On 16 April 2004, doctors pronounced
him clinically dead. However, the life support
equipment was not removed until 24 April. His body was then flown
back to Dhaka for burial at the Banani graveyard.
According to the
primary investigation, Rabbani opposed abuse of
power and wanted to take action against
misappropriation which led to his murder.
After nearly a year
of court cases, on 7 April 2005 the Speedy Trial Tribunal, Chittagong awarded life
term to three persons and five-year imprisonment
to two others in the sensational murder case of
Commodore (R) Golam Rabbani.
Two other accused persons were acquitted.
The Speedy Trial Tribunal, Chittagong, after
hearing testimonies of 26 witnesses, sentenced
accused Mohammed Salim, son of late Alhaz
Aminullah of west Demchar under Satkania upazila,
Abdul Malek Sohel alias Sohel, son of late Abdul
Jalil of Sher Shah colony in the city and Mohammad
Hashim, son of Makbul Ahmad of Enayet Bazar in the
city to suffer Rigorous Imprisonment for life and
fined taka 50,000 each today. The tribunal
sentenced five-year RI to Engineer Abu Naser
Chowdhury, ex Managing Director of the KEPZ (who was
replaced by Cdre.(R) Golam Rabbani) and Humayun
Kabir Chowdhury Manu, ex security officer of the
KEPZ and fined taka 50,000 each. The Tribunal
acquitted two accused Saiful Islam alias Bilya
Saiful and Monsur Alam.