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As the nation remembers today the intellectuals martyred by the selective killing regime of the occupation forces and their local collaborators during the war of independence in 1971,
New Age runs a six-part series on the fate
of the stop-start inquiry into the carnage.

No count of the nation’s
intellectual loss

Shahiduzzaman

The nation has observed Martyred Intellectuals Day on December 14 every year since 1972 to mark the selective killing of members of the Bengali intelligentsia by the Pakistani occupation forces and their local henchmen, armed gangs such as Razakar, Al-Badr and Al-Shams, through the nine months of the war of the independence in 1971. The first prime minister of Bangladesh, the late Tajuddin Ahmed, declared December 14 Martyred Intellectuals’ Day as the largest number of abduction and subsequently murders of the intellectuals took place on December 14, two days before the surrender of the occupation forces. However, a comprehensive list of the martyred intellectuals is yet to be prepared, and so is an enquiry into the nature, dimension and extent of the selective killing...[ + ]


No official inquiry

Shahiduzzaman

No official enquiry into the nature, dimension and extent of the selective killings of intellectuals by Al-Badr, Al-Shams and similar groups of the henchmen of the Pakistani occupation forces has been done so far. Besides, the report of the Buddhijibi Nidhan Tathyanusandhan Committee, a committee formed by a group of leading civil society members for enquiry into the killings, has never come to light, let alone followed up...[ + ]


Cases buried, laws revoked

Shahiduzzaman

The killers of the intellectuals slain toward the end of the war of independence in 1971 have not been tried yet although the requisite law was enacted, special tribunals were formed and special prosecutors were appointed. The families of the martyred intellectuals still wait with the faint hope that justice will be done even though the records remain untraceable...[ + ]


Raising hopes, only to be betrayed

Shahiduzzaman

The issue of the trial of war criminals and collaborators of the Pakistani occupation forces in the war of independence in 1971 was revived in 1992 with the trial of Golam Azam, then amir of Jamaat-e-Islami Bangladesh, in a people’s court (gana adalat) although the Bangladesh Collaborators (Special Tribunal) Order was repealed in 1975...[ + ]


Pogrom legacy invades politics

Shahiduzzaman

Mixed opinions remain on various aspects of the selective killing of intellectuals toward the end of the war of independence by the Pakistani occupation forces and their local henchmen, even among members of the Buddhijibi Nidhan Tathyanusandhan Committee, the then home secretary, inspector general of police and prosecutors of the cases under the Bangladesh Collaborators (Special Tribunal) Order 1972...[ + ]


Families live on with state’s betrayal

Shahiduzzaman

Thirty-four years on, since those dark days in December, when the Pakistani occupation forces and their local henchmen carried out selective killings of the finest Bengali brains, the families of the martyred intellectuals live with the ideal their father, mother, brother or sister sacrificed their lives for: a secular, democratic Bangladesh with egalitarian economic development...[ + ]

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» No count of the nation’s
intellectual loss

» No official inquiry
» Cases buried, laws revoked
» Raising hopes, only to be betrayed
» Pogrom legacy invades politics
» Families live on with state’s betrayal

 
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