Today is Jathibhanga mass killing day.
Due to the country-wide lockdown, Sadar upazila administration, valiant freedom fighters and different socio and political organisations have taken initiatives to observe brief programmes in the upazila on Friday, marking the day.
On April 23 in 1971, thousands of inhabitants from Jagannathpur, Gorea, Shukanpokhori and Balia unions under Sadar upazila left their home for India to save their lives from the Pakistani occupation forces and their local collaborators.
When they reached Jathibhanga village in the upazila in the evening, they decided to stay there that night and resume their journey towards India the following morning.
When the innocent people, mostly belonging to the minority Hindu community, gathered there, local Razakars and Al Badars informed the matter to the Pakistani army.
Being informed, the Pakistani occupation forces encircled the area, forced the male members to stand in several rows and opened fire on them, killing around 3,000 to 3,500 innocent people.
Later their bodies were buried in a mass grave at Jathibhanga village along the Pathraj river.