Preparation of Razakar list underway

Special Correspondent

26 August, 2019 12:00 AM printer

Home ministry has started preparing a list of Razakars who have taken salaries for helping Pakistanis kill, rape, torture and loot the Bengalis during Bangladesh Liberation War in 1971.

The work started based on a letter sent by the Ministry of Liberation War Affairs.  The issue was discussed during a meeting of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on the Ministry of Liberation War Affairs at Parliament Secretariat on Sunday.

On May 26, the Ministry of Liberation War Affairs apprised of the committee that it had sent a letter to the home ministry to prepare the list of Razakars, Al-Badr, Al-Shams and peace committee members who had helped Pakistanis during our independence war.

Emerging from the meeting, the committee chairman, Shajahan Khan, told reporters that the ministry apprised of the parliamentary watchdog about the home ministry’s initiative.

“A letter has been sent to the deputy commissioners (DCs) asking them to collect the names of Razakars,” he said.

Shajahan Khan said the DCs had been asked to collect the names of the Razakars stored at the record room of each district and make public their names through gazette notification.

When asked about the time required to publish the list of Razakars, Khan said it depends on the DCs.

Some political parties, including Jamaat-e-Islami, Muslim League and Nejame Islami took the side of Pakistan during the country’s Liberation War.

Some anti-liberation groups were formed to assist the Pakistanis during the war.

While starting the trial of war criminals a decade ago, people had demanded to make public the names of Razakars. But, the demand is yet to be implemented. 

Committee members, including Liberation War Affairs minister AKM Mozammel Haque, Mayeen Uddin Khan Badal, Raji Uddin Ahmed, Major (Retd) Rafiqul Islam (Bir Uttam), AB Tajul Islam and Kazi Firiz Rashid, attended the meeting with Shajahan Khan in the chair.