Kamal: Razakars’ list should have been scrutinized properly

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Liberation War Affairs Minister AKM Mozammel Huq has said the list of Razakars will be withdrawn if it is faced with a myriad of complaints.

Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal has said the Liberation War Affairs Ministry should have properly scrutinized the list of Razaakrs before publishing it.

“The Liberation War Affairs Ministry did not scrutinize the list before publishing it. It should have been scrutinized,” he said while speaking at a program organized by Bangladesh Krishak League at Bangabandhu Avenue on Tuesday.

The Home Ministry provided a list of Razakars upon request from the Ministry of Liberation War Affairs, he added.

Earlier on Sunday, the Ministry of Liberation War Affairs published the first instalment of the list containing the names and addresses of 10,789 Razakars, who collaborated with the Pakistani occupation forces during the 1971 Liberation War.

However, it was found that apparently the list includes names of several freedom fighters and pro-liberation individuals. 

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Besides, names of 26 Hindu community members and six women were mentioned as Razakars in the list, which contains names of around 1,000 collaborators from Barisal.

Mihir Lal Dutta, a renowned Language Movement activist, died on January 20, 2007.

He sustained bullet wounds in his abdomen during the Liberation War. His father and a brother were also martyred during the war. But surprisingly, he was named as a Razakar in the recently published list.

His son Shuvabrata Dutta vented anger over it and demanded punishment of those involved in preparing the list.

Dr Manisha Chakraborty, member secretary of Bangladesher Samajtantrik Dal’s district unit, said her father Tapan Chakraborty, who is a listed freedom fighter, was also mentioned as a Razakar in the list.

Her anger does not end here as the list also includes her grandmother Usha Rani Chakraborty, wife of Sudip Chakraborty, a martyred freedom fighter.