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Two cousins testify against Khokon Razakar

Update : 11 Dec 2013, 07:17 PM

Two witnesses against absconding war crimes suspect Zahid Hossain Khokon alias Khokon Razakar told the war crimes tribunal yesterday that the accused had been involved in the killings of their family members during the 1971 Liberation War.

Abul Kashem Matubbar and Abdus Salam Matubbar gave depositions on the same charge. They said Khokon had led a group of collaborators and moved with the Pakistani occupation army.

On October 9, the tribunal indicted Khokon, a BNP leader and sitting mayor of Nagarkanda Municipality of Faridpur, on 11 specific charges of crimes against humanity.

Fourteenth prosecution witness Abul Kashem said around 8pm on May 29, 1971, his elder brother Noor Matubbar and cousin Salam had gone to a jute field near Digholia Beel (water body) to work.

At that time, he saw from the outside of their house that Khokon Razakar with some Pakistani army rushed towards Chander Haat. 

After two and a half hours, he heard gunshots from that side. “After some time, Salam told my father that my brother Nuru was murdered by the razakars and the army persons near Digholia Beel.” Later they went to the spot and found the body.

Salam described the same incident in his deposition.

Kashem also said around 1pm on May 30, he had seen fire at Kodalia village. Hiding in a bush near his house, the witness saw Khokon Razakar, Ainal Razakar and others looting the houses. Later they started for the house of Komol Sheikh.

“As the family members rushed towards the nearby jute field, Khokon with his accomplices chased them. And suddenly Khokon shot them all. In that incident, Salam Sheikh, Sreemoti and Baru Khatun died while Phulmati was seriously wounded.”

After their depositions, state defence counsel Md Abdus Shukur Khan cross examined the witnesses separately.

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