Another accuses Hasan of killing 12 Hindus
A fourth prosecution witness yesterday corroborated the statement of his cousin, the third witness in a war crimes case, narrating how fugitive Syed Md Hasan Ali shot dead his father and uncle and ordered shooting of 10 others at Shimulhati village in Kishoreganj on September 9 during the 1971 Liberation War.
Meanwhile, proceedings in the case against three alleged Bagerhat Razakars -- Sheikh Sirajul Haque, Khan Akram Hossain and Abdul Latif Talukder -- was adjourned until December 28 after defence counsels completed cross-examining the eighth prosecution witness, Ananda Lal Das.
“I (while hiding inside a jungle) saw Razakars tie my father Sharat Chandra Paul and uncle Okrur Paul. They were taken to the house of Jogodish Paul,” septuagenarian Khagesh Chandra Paul told International Crimes Tribunal-1.
One man wearing a white tupi (prayer cap), who was among the around eight to 10 armed persons arriving at Shimulhati on a boat wearing Khaki dresses and who ordered Razakars to catch and kill Hindus, fired the shots, he said.
Like his cousin Sunil Chandra Paul, Khagesh said he learnt from villagers that the amn with the tupi was “Hasan Daroga”. “I want justice for the murder of 12 persons,” he said.
State appointed defence counsel Abdus Shukur Khan cross-examined the witness and proceedings were adjourned till today.