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12:00 AM, November 28, 2008 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, November 28, 2008

Protest in Jaldhaka against ticket to collaborator's son

Family members of 1971 martyrs form a human chain at Kaliganj killing ground in Jaldhaka upazila yesterday demanding cancellation of nomination to the 'massacre mastermind's son for Nilphamari-3. Photo: STAR

Over hundred family members of the martyrs of 1971 'Kaliganj massacre' in Jaldhaka upazila formed a human chain and held a meeting at the killing spot yesterday protesting nomination of the son of a collaborator the then Pakistani occupation forces for the upcoming parliament election.
The Pakistani army with the help local collaborators killed about three hundred people at Kaliganj village in Jaldhaka upazila on April 27 in 1971. The victims were proceeding towards India to take shelter there to save their lives.
The victims' family members, who think the then Pakistan central cabinet minister Kazi Abdul Kader hailing from Sholmari village in Jaldhaka as the mastermind behind the massacre, became shocked to hear that Kader's son Kazi Faruque Kader was nominated by Jatiya Party to contest from Nilphamari-3 (Jaldhaka and part of Kishoreganj).
He is also supposed to be the candidate of the grand alliance led by Awami League.
“Our sorrow multiplied when we heard that Pakistani collaborator Abdul Kader's son Kazi Faruque Kader had been nominated to run in Nilphamari-3. He is also going to be a candidate of the Awami League-led grand alliance. We cannot realise how Awami League, a pro-liberation party, accepts such a man,” said victims' family members Akhil Chandra Roy, Malda Rani Mohanta, Ridoy Ranjon Roy and Kamola Kanta Shil at the meeting.
Political parties should refrain from nominating close relatives of the collaborators of Pakistan army in 1971 to pay respect to the martyrs of the Liberation War, they said.

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