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15 December, 2019 00:00 00 AM / LAST MODIFIED: 14 December, 2019 10:15:27 PM
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Rajakars’ list set to be published today

STAFF REPORTER, Dhaka
Rajakars’ list set to be
published today
Two children, wearing clothes and headbands bearing the motif of the national flag, place flowers at the Martyred Intellectuals Memorial in Rayer Bazar area of the capital to mark the Martyred Intellectuals Day yesterday. Independent Photo

On the eve of the country’s 49th Victory Day, the government is expected to publish the names of 11,000 Razakars, through a list, who were involved in crimes against humanity during the country’s Liberation War in 1971. The Ministry of Liberation War Affairs is set to start publishing their names in phases from today. The list will be available on the website of the Ministry of Liberation War Affairs, sources said. While talking to The Independent over the issue, Liberation War Affairs Minister AKM Mozammel Haq said, “We have already started uploading the list of Razakars [collaborators] on the ministry’s website. After uploading the names, it will be made public.” No questions will arise about the authenticity of the list as the names came from the home ministry, he added. The minister also said the process of listing the Razakars would continue, and the government would issue a gazette notification after publishing the complete list.

“Later, we will prepare the lists of Al-Badr, Al-Shams members, and other collaborators as well,” he said. Successive governments in the last 48 years did not list the members of anti-liberation forces like Razakar, Al-Badr, and Al-Shams. The Ministry of Liberation War Affairs, in May this year, started the process of preparing the list of Razakars as per recommendation of the parliamentary standing committee on the liberation war affairs ministry.

In January 1972, the then Bangladesh government had passed a law to try the collaborators and war criminals. After the law formation, 37,000 collaborators were arrested and sent to jail. About 26,000 were freed following the announcement of a general amnesty.

Around 11,000 were behind the bars when the government of Justice Sayem and General Ziaur Rahman repealed the Collaborators Act on December 31, 1975. An appeal spree and release of war criminals en masse followed the scrapping of the law.

 

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