Update December 13, 2015

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Intellectual killings ignited heroism among Rangpur people

Sumel Sarker


Intellectual killings ignited heroism among Rangpur people

13 December 2015, Nirapad News: The planned genocide of intellectuals committed by the Pakistani occupation forces on April 4 in 1971 in Rangpur instantly ignited sleeping heroism in every Bangalee to sparkle the War of Liberation in the northern region.

Earlier, the Pakistani army got frightened witnessing heroism of thousands of Bangalees on March 3 in 1971 when they brought out procession breaking curfew here sacrificing lives of its three heroic sons Sangku Samajhder, Abul Kalam Azad and Omar Ali.

Noticing the insuperable heroism among Rangpur people since beginning of March, the Pakistani occupation forces with local collaborators started planning for cleansing local intellectuals along with innocent Bangalees of this volatile region.

The freedom fighters Rangpur told BSS that the Pakistani hyenas with their local collaborators, including non-Bengali Beharis, caught 11 brilliant Bangalee intellectuals from their houses in the city on March 27 in 1971 in a pre-planned manner.

The occupation forces forcibly took them to Rangpur cantonment and conducted barbaric physical torture in medieval style on them causing unbearable pains for their active role in noncooperation movement and uncompromising patriotism.

Fearing threat of patriotism from the intellectuals of this region, the Pakistani blood-hungry forces with collaborators took them to ‘Dakhiganj Shwashan’ in the city on April 4 in 1971 and gunned them down to make the Bengali nation talent-less.

Incredibly, one of them, then Awami League leader Dr Dinesh Chandra Bhowmick alias Mantu Daktar, who received severe injuries as eight bullets penetrated his body, escaped death.

Later, he joined the ‘Mukti Bahini’ getting proper treatments in neighbouring India and fought the War of Liberation to liberate the country by killing many enemy soldiers in the war fronts.

The martyred intellectuals are Advocate Mahfuz Ali Zorjes, Durga Das Adhikari, Dhirendranath Shanti Chaki, Khitish Halder, Gopal Chandra, Ehsanul Haque Dulal, Tofazzal Hossain Moharram, Rafikul Islam, Uttam Kumar Adhikari and Pagla Darbesh.

The killings of the ten intellectuals by the Pakistani occupation forces and their local collaborators here on April 4 in 1971 triggered heroism in every Rangpur people instantly inspiring them to launch stiff resistance for Independence.

District Muktijoddha Commander Mosaddek Hossain Bablu said the occupation forces got frightened witnessing heroism of three martyred sons of Rangpur on March 3 and killed the ten intellectuals on April 4 in 1971 to foil the War of Liberation.

The people of Rangpur factually started the War of Liberation from March 3 in 1971 through sacrificing three lives while bringing out procession breaking curfew during the noncooperation movement against the Pakistani junta.

After losing its three heroic sons Sangku, Kalam and Omar on March 3 in 1971 while breaking curfew in the city, the people of Rangpur spontaneously started mobilisng them to launch all-out resistance against the Pakistani occupation forces.

Later, abduction of 11 intellectuals on March 27 and their subsequent massacre made the Rangpur people extremely angry instigating them to snatch away Independence from the Pakistani occupation forces at any cost.

Being organised, some 30,000 Bangalees attempted to capture Rangpur Cantonment on March 28 in 1971 when 600 of them were gunned down by the Pakistani occupation forces at Nisbetganj further igniting the War of Liberation in the region.

Observing unprecedented heroism of the Bangalees since beginning of March in 1971, the occupation forces continued genocides of independence-seeker Bangalees en-masse irrespective of caste, creed and religion in the whole Rangpur region.

According to freedom fighters, academicians, historians and researchers, the occupation forces killed ten intellectuals in Rangpur on April 4 in 1971 as part of their deep-rooted conspiracy to make the Bengali nation talent-less.

After martyrdoms of intellectuals, massacres of 600 innocent Bangalees at Nisbetganj, 1,200 in Badarganj and thousands of other places in Rangpur region inspired the Bangalees to join ‘Mukti Bahini’ en-masse to achieve ultimate victory on December 16 in 1971.

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