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Survey finds 4,180 genocide points from 1971

  • Published at 09:53 pm March 22nd, 2019
Research findings on the Liberation War genocide
Researchers and guests at the unveiling of research findings on the Liberation War genocide, at Bangla Academy in Dhaka on Friday, March 22, 2019 Mahmud Hossain Opu/Dhaka Tribune

A group of researchers, sponsored by 1971: Genocide-Repression Archive and Museum, conducted the survey

A recent survey in 10 districts of the country has found 4,180 genocide points of the 1971 Liberation War which surpasses the previous records.

The genocide points include 695 murder points, 92 torture centers, 200 killing fields and 351 mass graves in the 10 districts.

A group of researchers, sponsored by 1971: Genocide-Repression Archive and Museum, conducted the survey in Gaibandha, Jamalpur, Narail, Panchagarh, Moulvibazar, Jessore, Lalmonirhat, Brahmanbaria, Cox’s Bazar and Barisal districts.

In March last year, the researchers revealed survey results conducted in 10 districts- Nilphamari, Narayanganj, Bogra, Natore, Kurigram, Pabna, Rajshahi, Satkhira, Bhola and Khulna.

The research findings, compiled in 10 books, was unveiled in a day-long seminar at the Bangla Academy in Dhaka on Friday.

The survey found 695 genocide points, the highest in Jessore while the highest number of torture centers was 92 in Brahmanbaria with total 200 killing fields and 351 mass graves in the 10 districts.

Addressing the seminar as chief guest, State Minister for Cultural Affairs KM Khalid said: “It is necessary to conduct research about the liberation war, especially genocide to know the true history and reality of the war.”

Trusty President of 1971: Genocide-torture Archive and Museum and Historian Prof Dr Muntassir Mamun presided over the inaugural session.

The historian said there were politics over the genocide. “In 1971, Pakistan politics were applied to suppress the Bangladeshis, to keep our colonies forever.”

1971 genocide was the worst

The survey report reveals that the mass murder and torture committed by the then Pakistan army were beyond the perception and knowledge of people, it was the worst after the Second World War Holocaust when the then Nazi regime killed six million Jews in a systematic and bureaucratic manner in between 1941 and 1945, he added.

Ill political motive

Mamoon said the post 1975 regimes of general Ziaur Rahman, general Ershad and Begum Khaleda Zia along with the Jamaat-e-Islami visibly tried to downplay the 1971 genocide with an ill political motive.

“All of them virtually tried to erase the ‘Genocide’ from the history in pursuance of their politics to appease Pakistan and their Bengali cohorts of 1971,” he said.

“When we conducted the survey, we saw that we have a very little knowledge about the liberation war. Victory has dominated our heads. If we see only victory, we will not feel the pain of the liberation war,” he said.

The history should spread to the new generation, he said.

Acting secretary of the Ministry of Cultural Affairs Dr Abu Hena Mostafa Kamal, Museum’s trustees Dr Md. Mahbubur Rahman and Quazi Sajjad Ali Zahir Bir Protik, Bangabandhu Chair Professor at Islamic University and Bangla Academy Director General Prof Shamsuzzaman Khan, and Public Service Commissioned member Asad Mannan were present at the program, among others.