The names of five listed freedom fighters, Abdur Rahman Sardar, Rezaul Karim, MantuMalitha, Jamal Uddin, and Kamal Hossain of Shahapur union of Pabna's Ishwardi upazila, have not been included in the final gazette.
They find this exclusion to be an insult.
Brothers, Rezaul and Mantu said, “We do not know how to enlist our names in the gazette. Our names are in the 2013 list as well as other lists. But we are not sure why they are not in the final gazette.”
Brothers Jamal and Kamal said, “We have fought together in Sector 7 in the Liberation War of 1971. Despite our names being included in other lists, we do not know why the final gazette has not included them.”
Abdur Rahman said, “I testified against Maulana Abdus Subhan for his crimes against humanity in the International Crimes Tribunal as the eighth witness. For this, I fear for my security. Despite seeking help for my safety at various times from several people, no one gave me much attention."
“I am poor and cannot even afford a weapons license. My name is yet to be included in the final gazette, despite applying for it five times," he added.
Assistant Professor of Basherbada Degree College in Ishwardi, Abul Hashem said, “Land Minister Shamsur Rahman Sharif is enjoying all the privileges of being a freedom fighter in the same list, but these five people are being deprived of this privilege.”
Golam Mostafa Chan Mondol, former commander of Ishwardi Muktijoddha Sangsad said, “They are definitely freedom fighters. But it is uncertain why their names are not included in the final gazette. Matters like this are dealt with by the liberation war related administration.”
Ishwardi Upazila Executive Officer, NasrinAkter notified, “If the freedom fighters appeared in front of the scrutiny committee, their names must have been sent to be included in the gazette. But in case of absence, they can notify the Ministry of Liberation War Affairs and be enlisted in the final gazette.”
This article was published in banglatribune.com