‘How did I live to see this day?’

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Sudhir Kumar Chakraborty was killed by the Pakistan army in August 1971

Having fought for the freedom of the country from Pakistan, freedom fighter Tapan Kumar Chakraborty has expressed a deep sense of betrayal after his name was published in the now hotly debated Razakar’s list published by the Ministry of Liberation Affairs. 

“Forty-eight years after independence, having to see my mother Usha Rani Chakraborty’s, and my name appear on the list of Razakars deeply shocked me. I’ve nothing to say. It would have been better for me to die than to have lived to see this,” he said while talking to reporters after a press briefing on Tuesday. 

In the press conference organized at Bangladesher Samajtantrik Dal’s district office in Barishal, his daughter Manisha Chakraborty who had initially posted on Facebook about the matter, said: “My grandfather was brutally killed at Wapda mass killing ground after he was detained. We never found his body.”

Sudhir Kumar Chakraborty was killed by the Pakistan army in August 1971. 

His family receives government allowance for his status as a freedom fighter as well.

“After the demise of my father, I’d gone to India for training in the month of September and took part in the Liberation War from Sector-9 (Satkhira-Khulna and Barishal) after returning home in October. My name has been listed as a freedom fighter in the gazette notification issued by the Liberation War Affairs Ministry,” Tapan said.

They later symbolically burnt copies of the list after the press conference.