Testimony to ’71 atrocities

Mirpur Killing Fields
People should be told stories of Mirpur killing fields to present the brutality of local agents of Pakistani army and non-Bangali during the liberation war, said speakers.

They said true picture of the battle of freedom fighters against the local collaborators and Biharis in the city’s Mirpur on January 30, 1972 should also be unfolded.

By this, the nation will see the massacre and sufferings of people of the area, which took place one and a half month after the victory, they told a roundtable yesterday.

Mirpur Sanskritik Oikyo Forum organised it at The Daily Star Centre in the city as part of the forum’s four-day celebration marking Mirpur victory day.

Bangladesh achieved victory on December 16, yet Mirpur people tasted freedom on January 31, 1972 after a bloody war against the local agents and Biharis a day before.

Liberation War Museum Trustee Mofidul Haque presented the keynote paper describing the situation of Mirpur during the war and killing fields in the area.

He said, “Intensity of work to do appears before us as we stand before the perspective of blood-stained Mirpur.”

Freedom fighter of Mirpur, Syed Shahidul Hoque, said the 1971 situation in Mirpur was not sudden, but resulted from pre-war activities of Jamaat leader Golam Azam.

The discussants demanded exemplary punishment to the local collaborators responsible for the crimes against humanity in Mirpur area.

Freedom fighter Habibul Alam Bir Pratik moderated the roundtable addressed by Kazi Mizanur Rahman of Mirpur Oikyo Forum. Golam Kuddus of Sammilito Sanskritik Jote, Mizanur Rahman of Patho Natok Parishad, and Jhuna Chowdhury of Bangladesh Group Theatre Federation also spoke.


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