Today is Sreepur massacre day'.
On this day in 1971, Pakistani occupation forces with the help of their local collaborators shot dead over 100 innocent people and raped 10 women at Sreepur village adjacent to Sonapur railway station in Noakhali Sadar upazila.
They also looted houses and shops at nearby Sonapur Bazar and set them afire.
On the afternoon of 15th June in 1971, the Pakistani army created a horrific situation by indiscriminate killing of poeple, raping women and looting at Sreepur, Sonapur, Central Karimpur and the dwellins part of Christian community adjacent to Sonapur Railway Station.
On March 13 this year, a special tribunal found four Noakhali men guilty of crimes against humanity during the Liberation War and sentenced three to death and the other to 20 years imprisonment.
All four were members of Razakar Bahini, an auxiliary force of the Pakistani army, in 1971 and woeked as aide of Pakistan army in the killing of more than 100 people including two unarmed freedom fighters, under Shudharam Police Station in Noakhali.
Of the convicts, Abul Kalam alias AKM Monsur, 67, Amir Ahmed alias Razakar Amir Ali, 70, and Md Joynal Abedin, 73, have been given capital punishment. Abdul Kuddus, 84, got the 20-year jail sentence.
Monsur is believed to have fled from the country, while the rest three are behind bars.
All of them except Joynal were involved with anti-liberation Muslim League before joining the local Razakar force, of which Monsur was a commander. After independence, Monsur left Noakhali and took shelter in Savar. Later he and Amir joined BNP.
Relatives of the martyred families demanded confiscation of the property of the war criminals and distribution of those among the affected families. b