The speakers also urged the government to create a fund for research on Bangabandhu and the history after 1975
Speakers at a discussion program has proposed to form a commission to find out the killings of freedom fighters, who were on duty at the armed forces, after the assassination of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and his family members in August 1975.
"The killing mission did not stop after the killing of Bangabandhu and his family in 1975, rather Ziaur Rahman, after taking the charge of the army, ordered execution of many freedom fighters then on duty at armed forces, history of which are still unknown," said DBC News Editor Zayadul Ahsan Pintu.
He proposed the formation of a commission to find out the actual history of the post 1975 period.
The prominent journalist put forward the proposal during a discussion titled “The locked chapter of history: 1975-1996,” organized by the Centre for Research and Information (CRI), research wing of the ruling Awami League, at the Bangabandhu Memorial Trust Auditorium, Dhanmondi on Saturday.
Quoting his own research findings, Pintu alleged that the then hangman of Comilla Central Jail alone hanged 92 people on the command of Ziaur Rahman, saying: “While interviewing the members of the tribunal formed to implement those executions, I came to know that the signature of Ziaur Rahman was always in the execution verdicts, which the tribunal members only had to read out.”
All the evidence related to Ziaur Rahman's involvement in these executions were burnt following the order of HM Ershad in 1993, he added.
“I have found out a book published by the air force before 1983 which says the force lost 581 of its members in the executions initiated by Ziaur Rahman,” he said.
During the discussion, speakers highlighted the role of Ziaur Rahman in the assassination of Bangabandhu, his family members and the killings of freedom fighters who were serving the armed forces after 1975.
Echoing the same former state minister Tarana Halim said: "Ziaur Rahman carried out killings in the armed forces to be in power and to ensure accommodation for the anti liberation forces in the country.
"A total of 11,043 members of the armed forces got death penalty while another 4500 went through torture."
"Due to legal complexities the process of bringing back the killers of Bangabandhu is being delayed. There are some countries who do not support capital punishment. If a person is a resident of a country facing capital punishment in another country, they tend not to send them back. The Foreign Ministry is discussing this issue with the respective countries and I hope that they will be brought back to Bangladesh and then justice will be served to them.” she added.
Adding to the discussion, Dhaka Tribune Editor Zafar Sobhan said: "There is a need of fund to do research on Bangabandhu and the 1971 Liberation War because the Wikipedia does not portray the real history of Bangladesh and it also lacks proper references."
Blogger and Columnist Maruf Rasul said: "It is the high time that the government has formed a separate directorate to do research on the post 1975 killings.
"All government departments need to become more active online to fight propagandas."
Dr Nuzhat Choudhury, daughter of martyred intellectual Dr Abdul Alim Chaudhury, said Ziaur Rahman, after taking power made Mawlana M A Mannan, anti liberation figure and founder of the Daily Inqilab, as a state minister. He later became a full minister during the regime of HM Ershad."
“We have failed as a nation to protect the person Bangabandhu, but we can keep him alive for the thousands of years if people hold the ideology he believed in and if we can make the country to Sonar Bangla, as dreamt by the ather of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman,” she added.
The discussion, moderated by Barrister Shah Ali Farhad, special assistant to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, was participated by a number of young people who asked different questions to the panellists during the session.