Dhaka, Bangladesh
Call to preserve mass Babla Bon grave in Rajshahi

Call to preserve mass Babla Bon grave in Rajshahi

SHREERAMPUR, Nov 29: Speakers at a discussion here called for conserving the mass grave site at Babla Bon in the district of Rajshahi, reports BSS. They urged concerned authorities to come forward to this end as the grave site has been facing negligence for long. Jononeta Ataur Rahman Smrity Parishad and Rajshahi Press Club jointly organized the discussion on the press club premises to commemorate the brutal killings carried out by Pakistan occupation army yesterday afternoon. Taking part in the discussion, family members of Liberation War martyred persons have demanded for taking steps to preserve the mass grave site so that people can pay homage to the great sons of the soil, who were buried there. The Pakistan army with the help of their local collaborators picked up 17 people including intellectuals and politicians from their houses on the night of November 25 in 1971. Their bodies were found after local people discovered the mass grave near Boalia Club in the city on next December 30. Bodies of the 17 martyred including Professor Mir Abdul Quayyum of Rajshahi University, Nawrose-ud-Doula Khan, Taslim Uddin, Abul Hossain, Alauddin, Taiyab Ali, Mirja Sultan, Azizul Haque Chowdhury and Aminul Haque Chowdhury were dumped at the site. “I can still remember the day well when I went to the grave site riding a bicycle in the morning of December 30, 1971. I could identify my father’s body by seeing the ring on his finger,” said Omor Faruque Chowdhury, MP, son of Azizul Haque Chowdhury, while addressing the discussion as the chief guest. Towfiqur Rahman Lavlu, nephew of martyred businessman Altaf Hossain, said he identified his uncle’s body after seeing his sweater. Thirteen of the bodies were tied up with a rope. Professor Dr Mahbuba Kanij Keya, daughter of Professor Mir Abdul Quayyum, said the genocide committed by the Pakistani occupation forces with the help of their collaborators at different areas of the city in 1971 still reminds of heinous atrocities of the war criminals against humanity. Dr Keya, a teacher of Psychology Department of Rajshahi University, said there are more mass-graves in the city including Upashahar and Tallaimari but unfortunately all those remained in uncared condition.

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