Witness testifies against Mobarak
A prosecution witness yesterday told International Crimes Tribunal-1 he had seen war crimes accused Mobarak Hossain torturing a youth at Anandamayee Kalibari in Brahmanbaria during the Liberation War.
Chaman Sikandar Julkernine, last prosecution witness in the war crimes case against Mobarak, said he had also witnessed deserted Hindu houses vandalised by Razakars in 1971.
Julkernine was a student of class five at Annada Government High School in Brahmanbaria then.
“In the third or fourth week of October, Salam, the headmaster's clerk, came to our classroom with a notice,” he said, adding, the notice had ordered the students to visit a “miscreant” detained at Anandamayee Kalibari.
“Led by class teacher Abdur Rouf, we went to the temple. We saw Anandamayee Kalibari had been renamed as Razakar Manzil,” Julkernine added.
The witness said he had seen the youth hit by a bullet in the left leg. “His hands were tied to the corridor of the temple. He was crying for water,” he added.
Julkernine said, “Three to four people in uniforms were teasing him. They kept going closer to him with water and retreating. One of them asked him to say 'Pakistan Zindabad' on condition of getting water.
“Pointing at the zipper of his pants, one of the Razakars told the detainee to drink his urine.”
The witness and other students left the place as the incident was intolerable to them.
The witness said the youth had disappeared from Anandamayee Kalibari after three to four days.
“From the crowd I heard the youth had been taken to Kurulia Bridge under the leadership of Razakar commander Mobarak Hossain, where he was killed. His body was found lying on the bank of the river all day long,” he added.
According to the indictment order, Mobarak on October 24, 1971 abducted college student Ashu Ranjan of Shimrayl village and kept him confined to Razakar Manzil for four days without the treatment he needed for his injuries.
“Then you [Mobarak] pressed him to chant 'Pakistan Zindabad', but he [Ashu] chanted 'Joy Bangla' instead. Being furious, you took him to Kurulia Khal and shot him dead on October 28,” the charge reads.