June 6, 1972
SAVE FREEDOM FIGHTER MANIK'S EYES AT ANY COST
Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman today gives directives to physicians to try their best to save the vision of young freedom fighter Manik Ali. If necessary, the government will send him abroad, says the prime minister. The young freedom fighter calls on Bangabandhu today at his official residence. Manik Ali, a student of class 10, joined the Mukti Fouz and fought valiantly against the Pakistan army. He was badly injured during the war.
TAJUDDIN'S APPREHENSION ABOUT AMERICAN AID
Finance Minister Tajuddin Ahmad says today that socialism cannot be established with the assistance from imperial powers like the USA. He asks people to be aware of the motives of the imperialist forces and says that they always try to interfere in the internal affairs of a country on the pretext of providing aid. The imperialists should not be given any chance to halt Bangladesh's march towards socialism, adds the finance minister.
CASES FILED AGAINST SUSPECTED WAR CRIMINALS
The government has filed war crimes charges against more than a thousand people for collaborating with the Pakistan army during the Liberation War and committing crimes against humanity, informs Home Minister Abdul Mannan. Many of them have already been arrested, he adds. The minister further says that all the accused persons will be given adequate time and facilities to prepare their defence.
Foreign Minister Abdus Samad Azad reiterates at a press conference in Malaysia that the government will hold trials of war criminals at any cost. This will be an open trial and all the international norms will be followed properly, he adds.
SOURCES: June 7, 1972 issue of Purbodesh.