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Sports martyrs of 1971

  • Published at 04:26 pm March 31st, 2018
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Sports martyrs of 1971
Abdul Halim Chowdhury Jewel Very few cricketers from East Pakistan were called up to the national squad. While fewer were given a place in the playing XI. The then youngster Shaheed Jewel was one of them. Halim, also known as Shaheed Jewel, was a right-handed opening batsman. He played for Azad Sporting Club and Mohammedan Sporting Club Limited. He played seven first-class matches for Dhaka, East Pakistan and East Pakistan White. Shamim Kabir, Shafiq-ul-Haq, Raqibul Hasan and Rauf Ansari were his opening partners from different teams. After receiving guerrilla training at Melaghar situated in Tripura, Crack Platoon member Shaheed Jewel returned to Dhaka early June and carried out guerrilla operations in and around the city. He fought alongside Kazi Kamaluddin Ahmed, who was the top basketball player in East Pakistan during the 1960s. Shaheed Jewel was caught by the enemy on an August night and in custody, he was offered to return to West Pakistan. Shaheed Jewel was informed that he could start playing first-class cricket again, if he agreed. His straight and bold rejection only increased the torture. Several of his fingers got broken as a result of the torture and he couldn't play anymore. In 2015, former Al-Badr commander and Jamaat-e-Islami leader Ali Ahsan Muhammad Mujahid was found guilty for the confinement and torture of Shaheed Jewel. 1966 - Made his first-class debut with Dhaka playing against Public Works Department in May. In October, he played three matches for East Pakistan in the Quaid-e-Azam trophy in Hyderabad. 1969 - Made a couple of 50-plus opening partnerships with Shafiq and Raqibul against Khayerpur and Hyderabad Whites. East Pakistan won both the games by a big margin. 1971 - Put up one of his finest performances in the BCCP Trophy while playing for East Pakistan Whites against Dhaka University in January, scoring 47 and 65 in both the innings. Kazi Sadique Hasan Prominent author, scientist and statistician Qazi Motahar Hossain was a chess icon in undivided Bengal and was the East Pakistan champion until 1960. Other renowned chess player KM Sakoor dominated the chess arena at that time. At the age of only 18, Sadique stunned everyone by snatching the East Pakistan title from Sakoor in 1970. He also defeated All Pakistan champion Jahiruddin Faruqee of West Pakistan in the All Pakistan Chess Championship at 31 years of age. It was the first and only loss in Faruqee's career. Following his brilliant triumph, East Pakistan chess association decided to send him to the World Junior Chess Championship. However, the young talent, who was studying in medical college in 1971, was shot dead by the Pakistan Army a few days before independence. [caption id="attachment_256312" align="aligncenter" width="800"] Mufti Mohammad Kashed[/caption] Mufti Mohammad Kashed Kashed was a promising young chess star in the late 1960s. He was ranked second in the East Pakistan ranking. Motahar often played chess with Kashed, usually at the Titumir hall of Buet where Kashed got admitted in 1967-68. An activist of the 1969 mass uprising, Kashed moved to Mymensingh after the war began. While fighting against Pakistan Army at Kaoraid station area in June, Kashed was shot injured, and taken to the military camp. He was tortured relentlessly before he breathed his last on the same day he was captured. In memory of Kashed, Buet has been organising the "Mufti Mohammad Kashed Chess Championship" every year. [caption id="attachment_256313" align="aligncenter" width="800"] Mushtaque Ahmed[/caption] Mushtaque Ahmed Having been formed within two years of partition, Azad Boys Club played a notable role in the upbringing of the sports talents in East Pakistan. Mushtaque was a devoted organiser of the club and was the cricket in-charge there. He dedicated the majority of his time encouraging the players and Shaheed Jewel was one of them. The club were situated in Gulistan at that time and near the club's den, Mushtaque was shot dead on the horrifying night of March 25, 1971. [caption id="attachment_256314" align="aligncenter" width="800"] Majibur Rahman[/caption] Majibur Rahman Majibur was a versatile defender during the 1960s. He started his first division career with Kamal Sporting Club in 1960 before moving to Fire Service team three years later. The full-back from Keraniganj took up arms when the war began. He was tortured and murdered by Pakistan Army. [caption id="attachment_256315" align="aligncenter" width="800"] Miraj Ahmed[/caption] Other notable mentions Cricketer and footballer Mizanur Rahman, hockey player Shamsul Islam Miru and footballer Tapan Chowdhury were also shot dead during the liberation war. In athletics, Miraj Ahmed was one of the best athletes in pole-vault event in East Pakistan while Shahed Ali was the top athlete in the 800m event. Both were killed by Pakistan Army in 1971.