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Ex-BNP MP, 18 others sued for war crimes

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Our Correspondent, Mymensingh

A case was filed with a Mymensingh court against 19 people, including a former BNP lawmaker, yesterday for their alleged involvement in war crimes during the War of Liberation.
The accused are former BNP lawmaker from Fazlur Rahman Sultan, 73, editor of the Monthly Madina Maulana Mohiuddin Khan, 76, MA Bari, 65, Mozammel Haque, 65, Khalilur Rahman, 60, Md Shamsul Haque, 62, Maulana Tajul Islam, 61, Maulana Md Helim Khan, 75, Fazlul Haque Khan, 62, Abdul Khan, 70, Latif Maulana, 62, Nuru, 70, Nazrul, 58, Lal Miah, 58, Kader Khan alias Pachu Khan, 62, Ali Munshi, 75, Nayeb Ali Akanda, 65, Mujibur alias Maji and Farid Ahmed, 59, -- all hailing from Gafargoan.
Md Abu Khalid, son of martyred freedom fighter Mohammad Ali Master of village Deulpara in Gafargoan, filed the case with the Senior Judicial Magistrate's Court.
In the case, Khalid said his father Mohammad Ali was the headmaster of Dubail Primary School in 1971. During the liberation war, he started to organise the freedom fighters. He also fought a battle with the occupation Pakistani army at Goyeshpur and Kawraidh. He took part in the war under the Sector No. 3.
Khalid also said in the case statement that on the night of August 15, 1971, Mohammad Ali Master along with his brother Makbul Hossain, also a freedom fighter, came to their house. MA Bari, one of the accused, then informed the local Razakar camp. Local collaborators rushed to their house immediately and took the two brothers to the camp and tortured them severely. In the evening of August 22, the anti-liberation forces took the two brothers to the bank of old Brahmaputra river and shot them dead.
Accepting the case, Magistrate Begum Farhana Ferdous asked the police to take necessary steps after proper investigation.
When contacted, Officer-in-Charge of Gafargoan Police Station Zakiur Rahman said that he was aware of the case, but he did not receive any court order as of filing of this report at 6:30pm yesterday.
Earlier on March 23, Md Afaz Uddin Khan of village Sadua in Gafargoan filed a case with the same court against 13 people for killing his father Taru Khan during the War of Liberation.

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