The Bangladesh cricket team stand united in their plea for punishing Brenton Tarrant severely after the latter pleaded guilty to the mass shooting at a Mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand last year, wherein 51 people got killed with many injured.
Tarrant admitted his crime, whilst also conceding that he was planning of killing a further 40 people. This, after the 29-year-old, has previously denied the charges against him and was instead planning to go on a trial in June.
Bangladesh players just avoided the incident, as fate would have it, they were late in arriving at the mosque, where the mass shooting took place.
Bangladesh players call for strict punishment against New Zealand shooter:
In March last Bangladesh was on their tour of New Zealand. A majority of the players went to offer jummah prayers at the Noor Al Mosque, in Christchurch, one of the two spots where the mass killings took place. At least 49 Muslim worshippers died on the spot, while two were declared dead later in the hospital.
Mominul Haque, who was part of the Bangladesh players when the heinous crime took place, said the offender should be punished severely.
“Definitely, the New Zealand government will decide his fate. But personally speaking, I feel that he should be given the highest punishment,” said Haque. “I can’t say whether he would be punished or not. But he should be given heavy punishment as he has taken away so many lives. A lot of families have lost their loved ones in the massacre.”
Khaled Mashud, Bangladesh’s team manager for the New Zealand tour, revealed that he will never be able to forget the sight of blood-soaked victims coming out of the mosque, as he, alongside other members of the team and support staff the incident unfold in front of their eyes.
“The killer should be punished severely. It will set an example before the world if the shooter is punished heavily for coolly killing so many people,” said Khaled.