Third witness implicates Hasan in killing of 2 Kishoreganj Hindus
A third prosecution witness yesterday corroborated two neighbouring villagers, stating how he heard of fugitive war crimes accused Syed Hasan Ali shooting dead two Hindu men, including his uncle, and Razakars snatching gold jewellery right off his mother and aunt.
Meanwhile, defence lawyers representing Mahidur Rahman and Afsar Hossain alias Chutu submitted names of their 10 witnesses, following which International Crimes Tribunal (ICT)-2 rescheduled for today recording of the first prosecution's testimony in the war crimes case.
ICT-2 also adjourned until today the first prosecution witness's cross-examination in the case against Forkan Mallik, the alleged Razakar commander of Patuakhali, after his lawyer sought time for preparations.
Mahidur and Afsar deny the three charges of mass killing, arson, looting, abduction and torture in Chapainawabganj and Forkan the five of murder and rape during the 1971 Liberation War.
“I found my mother Gowri Rani Chakraborty and aunt Milon Rani Chakraborty crying with bloody facial wounds,” Badhan Chakraborty, 58, the 11th prosecution witness, stated in his deposition before ICT-1.
He stated of rushing home from Purura Bazar, situated north of his village, Chikni, in Kishoreganj's Tarail upazila, on October 8, 1971 on hearing that Razakars, auxiliary forces of the Pakistani occupation army, had attacked neighbouring Araiura village.
Badhan, then a class XI student, said he heard two gunshots on the way. “People were saying that Razakars had shot Jibon Thakur (his uncle) and Kamini Ghosh,” he said.
Gowri and Milon told him that five Razakars had tied Jibon with his hands behind his back and denied releasing him even after taking Tk 300 as ransom, saying it was not possible without “their commander Hasan Ali Daroga's order”, said Badhan.
He then stated of hearing that the Razakars took Jibon to Kamini's house in Araiura where Hasan shot them both dead, which Kamini's daughter-in-law Rekha Rani Ghosh and grandson Sanjeeb Sarker confirmed when he went there in the evening.
Rekha and Sanjeeb had testified earlier. State-appointed defence counsel Abdus Shukur Khan cross-examined Badhan before proceedings were adjourned till February 2. Hasan is facing six charges for crimes against humanity and genocide.