Call for trying war criminals
Freedom fighters and pro-liberation political and socio-cultural organisations yesterday said it is imperative to bring the war criminals and killers of 1971 to justice under the law of the land.
They made the call on Freedom Fighters Day that was observed across the country to pay tribute to the nation's glorious sons.
Freedom fighters on the day called for special uniform for them so that people can easily recognise them.
National Committee on Realising Demands of Freedom Fighters and Celebration of Freedom Fighters Day marked the day with elaborate programmes that included wreath-placing at the graves of martyred freedom fighters at Mirpur and at Shikha Chirantan at Suhrawardy Udyan.
Besides, rallies, cultural programmes and discussion meetings were held in the city and at district and upazila levels to observe the day which came against the backdrop of recent controversial statements of Jamaat-e-Islami leaders and sympathisers in which they denied outright the very existence of any war criminals in the country.
REUNION OF FREEDOM FIGHTERS
Freedom fighters at a reunion yesterday at National Press Club auditorium called on the government to bring the war criminals to justice.
Speaking at the get-together as chief guest, Gono Forum President Dr Kamal Hossain said war criminals must be tried under the law of the land. He said nobody will oppose the trial as there is no debate or split opinion over the issue.
It is very unfortunate and disgraceful that the nation could not yet show proper respect to her brave sons and their family members who sacrificed their lives for the sake of the country, he said.
Dr Kamal emphasised building a prosperous and corruption-free Bangladesh in line with the spirit of the glorious liberation war.
Rhythm Cultural Society arranged the get-together to honour the war heroes and their family members.
WORKERS PARTY OF BANGLADESH
Workers Party also demanded trial of the war criminals, saying forgiveness cannot be extended to those who killed the country's brave sons during the liberation war.
"War criminals can be tried under the existing law of the country," said Rashed Khan Menon, Workers Party president, at a discussion meeting held at Shaheed Asad auditorium, adding the country's sovereignty will be endangered if the war criminals are not brought to justice.
"Liberation war is our highest achievement; those who are working against the spirit of our liberation war must be defeated like they had been in 1971," said Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal President Hasanul Haq Inu at the meeting.
COMMITTEE ON REALISING DEMANDS OF FREEDOM FIGHTERS
The National Committee on Realising Demands of Freedom Fighters and Celebration of Freedom Fighters Day yesterday paid rich tribute to the liberation war heroes, placing wreaths at the freedom fighters' graves at Mirpur in Dhaka and at Shikha Chirantan at Suhrawardy Udyan.
The committee went to Shikha Chirantan with a procession from Engineers Institute.
Sector commander during the liberation war and former army chief Maj Gen (retd) KM Shafiullah Bir Uttam, Awami League leaders Tofail Ahmed, Sajeda Chowdhury, sector commander Lt Col (retd) Abu Osman Chowdhury, Workers Party President Rashed Khan Menon, JSD President Hasanul Haq Inu, among others, were present at the time.