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Posthumous trial of Ziaur Rahman demanded

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  • 7th November, 2021 08:52:33 PM
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Posthumous trial of Ziaur Rahman demanded

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The families of the Armed Force members allegedly killed, jailed and terminated by Ziaur Rahman on October 2, 1977 demanded his posthumous trial for the crimes.

 They made the demand at a protest rally at Central Shaheed Minar in the capital on Sunday.

They said that Zia killed more than 1,156 armed forces in the name of preventing so-called mutiny.

They urged the government to declare members of the armed forces as innocent since they were persecuted illegally by Ziaur Rahman through a heinous conspiracy.

Calling upon the government to provide salaries, pension and other benefits payable to the victims, the families demanded graves of the victims to be traced and plaques to be installed with their names.

They urged that the government make a list of the members of the armed forces killed and victimised in other ways and consider the killed as shaheeds (martyrs).

Justice AHM Shamsuddin Choudhury Manik,  educationist Dr Muhammed Zafar Iqbal, former adviser to the caretaker government Dr Mohammad Tamim, valiant freedom fighter  Prof Dr Khandaker Bazlul Haque, former chief of Bangladesh Army Lt Gen (retd) M Harun-Ar-Rashid, Bir Pratik, Mahbub Uddin Ahmed, Bir Bikram, Lt Col (retd) Quazi Sazzad Ali Zahir, Bir Pratik, Nahid Azhar Khan, daughter of  Shaheed Col Nazmul Huda, Golam Kuddus, president of Sammilita Sangskritik Jote, Dr Nuzhat Chowdhury and  Kamruzzaman Miah Lelin spoke, among others, on the occasion.