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Probe report on first Bangali army officer’s war crimes submitted

  • Published at 01:55 pm March 21st, 2017
  • Last updated at 08:41 pm March 21st, 2017
Probe report on first Bangali army officer’s war crimes submitted
The investigation agency of International Crimes Tribunal has found evidence against a Bangali officer of Pakistan Army who committed crimes against humanity during the Liberation War in 1971, investigation coordinator Abdul Hannan Khan told reporters on Tuesday. This is the first time since the war crimes trials started in Bangladesh that a Pakistan Army officer is facing war crimes charges. The accused, Captain Mohammad Shahidullah, has been in prison since his arrest on August 2, 2016. Investigation against Shahidullah was launched on October 11, 2015 and finished on March 20, 2017. Hannan said the probe report had been submitted at the office of the chief prosecutor of the tribunal, along with witness accounts and other documents. This is the 51st report that the investigation agency has submitted to the tribunal prosecution. Charges against Shahidullah Speaking to reporters, Hannan said Shahidullah, 75, had been involved in three killings, confinement and torture of 13 people, and looting and arson of five houses in Daudkandi upazila, Comilla during the war. Shahidullah, who was posted in West Pakistan, was visiting his village home in Daudkandi when the war broke out. Instead of returning to his station, he joined the Pakistan Army troops stationed in Dhaka Cantonment. Later, he moved to Comilla and set up a camp with Pakistan Army officials in Daudkandi area, where he committed the crimes with along with the occupation forces. The first charge against Shahidullah says on June 7, 1971, he along with 8-10 Pakistani soldiers swooped on Daudkandi Bazar and detained homoeopath Habibur Rahman, whom they tortured and later shot to death near Daudkandi ferry jetty in the Gomti River, dumping his body in the river. The second charge says the accused led a team of 40-50 army members to Chengakandi and Golaperchar villages of Uttar Union in Daudkandi and detained 20 pro-liberation villagers. They also looted and burned down five houses. Six of the detainees were released and the team headed to their camp with the 14 detainees. On the way, they killed one detainee and dumped the body in the Gomti River. The others were tortured in the camp and later released. According to the third charge, in July 1971, Shahidullah and his team went to Daudkandi Bazar and tortured a chauffeur named Kala Miah, whom they later shot to death behind Chandina Hospital and dumped his body in a canal.