Wednesday, 25 May, 2022
E-paper

1971 Muslim Bazar Massacre

Remains buried with state honour

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 12 April, 2022 12:00 AM
  • Print news
Remains buried with state honour
Members of Bangladesh Army bury the remains of the victims of the Muslim Bazar massacre committed by Pakistani occupation forces during the Liberation War in 1971 at Mirpur Martyred Intellectuals Graveyard in the capital on Monday. (Inset) Army Chief General SM Shafiuddin Ahmed briefs journalists after the burial. —ISPR photo

Popular News

The remains of the victims of the Muslim Bazar massacre committed by Pakistani occupation forces during the Liberation War in 1971 were buried Monday with state honour at Mirpur Martyred Intellectuals Graveyard in the capital.

The burial was held under the supervision of Bangladesh Army and in the presence of Army Chief General SM Shafiuddin Ahmed. Senior officers of the army and local dignitaries were also present.

During the 1971 independence struggle, the Pakistani aggressors carried out atrocities in innumerable killing spots in Bangladesh, including Mirpur Muslim Bazar. The evidence of   gruesome violence by the Pakistani army and their collaborators was found in July 1999.

On 27 July 1999, while digging a hole during the renovation of Nuri Mosque in Mirpur’s Section 12, many things were unearthed including skulls and bones, human hair braids, veils, and pieces of clothing.

To ascertain whether the recovered bones and skulls were evidence of the genocide of 1971, the War Crimes Facts Finding Committee examined the evidence of martyrs and carried out scientific research which included examining tissue samples of blood relatives of the martyrs.

Some of the remains were later donated to the Liberation War Museum and some to the Army Museum for preservation.