The International Crimes Tribunal has directed for starting trial against former acting director general of the National Security Intelligence Agency, Muhammad Wahidul Haque, in a case of crimes against humanity during the 1971 Liberation War.
A three-member tribunal led by its Chairman Justice Md Shahinur Islam today issued the directive and fixed November 24 for taking testimony in the case.
Muhammad Wahidul Haque was arrested from his Baridhara residence in the capital on April 24, 2018.
Prosecutor Zayed Al Malum stood for the state in the case while lawyer Mizanur Rahman represented the accused.
According to the case statement, Wahidul used four machine guns to kill 500 to 600 people, Bangalis and Santals, in Rangpur Cantonment on March 28, 1971.
The tribunal's investigation agency started investigation into the incident in 2016.
According to the case documents, Wahid was commissioned in Pakistan Army in October 1966 and stationed in the Rangpur Cantonment as a Major in early March 1971.
He was transferred to the then West Pakistan in early April 1971 and returned to Bangladesh in January 1974.
He left the army later that year.
He joined Bangladesh Police as an assistant superintendent in 1976.
In 1997, Wahid was appointed an acting director general of the Security Intelligence Agency.
Wahid retired as additional inspector general of police in 2005.