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Zia’s posthumous trial demanded

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 8 November, 2021 12:00 AM
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Zia’s posthumous trial demanded
Families of the Armed Force members allegedly killed, jailed and terminated by former president Ziaur Rahman stage a demonstration in front of the Central Shaheed Minar in the capital on Sunday, demanding posthumous trial of the BNP founder for the crimes. SUN photo

The families of the Bangladesh Armed Forces members, who were allegedly killed, jailed and terminated by Ziaur Rahman on October 2 in 1977, have demanded posthumous trial of the BNP founder for committing the crimes. 

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

Protesters said Zia killed more than 1,156 Armed Forces members in the name of preventing a so-called mutiny.

They urged the government to declare the members of the armed forces innocent as Ziaur Rahman punished them illegally by hatching a heinous conspiracy.

The agitators also called upon the government to provide salaries, pension and other benefits payable to the victims, which victims’ families will get.  

The families also demanded that the government trace the graves of the victims and install plaques with their names. They further urged the government to make a list of the Armed Forces members killed and victimised in other ways and declare them shaheed (martyr). 

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 Colonel  Nazmul Huda who was killed on November 7, 1975,  Golam Kuddus, president of Sammilita Sangskritik Jote, Dr Nuzhat Chowdhury and  Kamruzzaman Miah Lelin spoke at the rally among others.