Family members of B’desh freedom fighters demand justice
By Sumi Khan
Dhaka, Aug 31 (SocialNews.XYZ) Family members of 120 Bangladeshi freedom fighters and war heroes who were hanged to death by the forces of former President Ziaur Rahman on October 2, 1977 have demanded justice in gathering in front of Dhaka Central Jail.
On the occasion of the International Day of Victims of Enforced Disappearances 2022, a panel discussion was organized on Tuesday at the Central Shaheed Minar under the banner “We want justice for the disappearance and hanging of the brave freedom fighters in 1977”.
No less than 19 coups took place when Ziaur Rahman, who founded the BNP, ruled the country.
Around 1,500 are said to have been purged, mostly freedom fighters, war heroes who later joined the armed forces.
At the event, Nurunnahar Begum, 70, wife of Delwar Hossain, demanded to know where her husband’s grave was.
Nurunnahar said that within three years of her marriage, her husband suddenly disappeared. Later, she learned that her husband’s body remained hidden after he was murdered.
“If I had known where my husband was buried, I could have at least offered prayers at his grave,” she told the country’s leaders.
The family members frantically continue their pursuit to find the remains of their missing loved one.
Liberation War Affairs Minister AKM Mozammel Haque said Ziaur Rahman had killed 2,500 to 3,000 servicemen without trial in the name of suppressing the rebellion.
Freedom fighters were selectively killed. said the bodies were buried in central prisons in Dhaka, Comilla, Chattogram, Rangpur, Jashore and Bogura.
The executions took place under curfew in the dark of night.
The names and identities of the 209 people who were hanged during the trial of the Special Military Tribunal formed by order of the military leader have been revealed.