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In pictures: Identity cards of Bengali-speaking collaborators

  • Published at 09:09 pm December 15th, 2019

The nine-month long Liberation War which began on March 25, 1971, with the declaration of independence by Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

Bangladesh was liberated on December 16, 1971. 

A group of collaborators, collectively referred to as “Razakars,” helped the Pakistanis kill nearly three million people and raped, tortured and kill over 200,000 women and underage girls.  

There were several organizations who were partners in crime with the Pakistani occupation forces and among them the Peace Committee (Shanti Bahini), Al-Badr and Al-Shams are the most infamous ones.

The Ministry of Liberation War Affairs published a list of 10,789 Razakars who collaborated with the Pakistani army during the Liberation, December 15, a day before Bangladesh is all set to celebrate its Victory Day. 

The list of Al Badr, Al-Shams and the anti-liberation forces will come later gradually, as decided by the ministry. 

Dhaka Tribune obtained exclusive photographs of a set of identity cards provided to the Al-Badr, Peace Committee, and Rajakars members during the Liberation War in 1971.