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83% of killing grounds, hundreds of martyrs in 3 districts yet to be documented

  • Published at 07:14 pm December 14th, 2016
83% of killing grounds, hundreds of martyrs in 3 districts yet to be documented
A three-member research team, who got fellowship of the Center for Genocide Studies at Dhaka University, told the Dhaka Tribune that they collected information about at least 68 mass killing grounds in Barisal, Jhalakathi and Pirojpur districts through locals and witnesses. The government has built only three memorials—two in Barisal city and another in Pirojpur--,while eight memorial signs were erected by private initiatives in this region. The rest are yet to be marked, documented and preserved properly with fact and figures of the martyrs. Out of 68 killing grounds, 33 are in Barisal, nine in Jhalakathi and 26 in Pirojpur districts, according to the researchers. In Barisal, three are in Sadar, four in Gournadi, six in Agoiljhara, three in Bakerganj, five in Banaripara, two in Babuganj, five in Wazirpur, two in Muladi and three are situated in Mehendiganj upazila. Sushanta Gosh, leader of the research team, said: “According to media reports, statements of witnesses and documents preserved by the family members of the victims, we assume that at least 10 to 15 thousand innocent people were killed by Pakistani occupation forces on those killing spots during the war.” Besides, many people were injured, traumatised and died later, Sushanta added. Bidhan Sarkar and Bappi Majumdar, co-researchers of the team, said though witnesses could mark the killing grounds and identify names of some martyrs, it required to be documented officially with the help of different government agencies. Departments like land, statistics and death and birth registration and succession certificates from judiciary could help in documentations of the collected facts, they added. Enayet Hossain Chowdhury, organising commander of Barisal district Muktijoddha Sangsad, said history of the Libration War had been distorted, forgotten and exaggerated in last 45 years because of negligence. “So, we must mark all killing grounds and enlist names of all martyrs, injured and affected people for proper documentation,” he added.