“We paraded Siraj before the locals after independence” Prosecution Witness
03 March 2015, Nirapad News: A new Prosecution Witness (PW) in the trial of Bagerhat Razakar trio Sheikh Sirajul Haque alias Siraj Master, Khan Akram Hossain, and Abdul Latif Talukder, submitted his deposition today at the International Crimes Tribunal (ICT)-1.
Sheikh Mostafizur Rahman alias Badshah, 63, from village Beshorgati in Bagerhat sadar appeared as PW-24.
Badshah, also the assistant commander of Bagerhat district Muktijoddha Sangsad, said a group of Pakistani occupation army and Razakars raided Beshorgati on June 18, 1971.
“They picked up 20/25 people from the village and drove them to Kandapara Bazar. They were made to stand in a line beside an adjacent canal. After that Siraj started to hack them with a knife indiscriminately and asked his cohorts to do the same. Later they shot at them. After their departure, we came out from our hidings and went to the place of occurrence. There we saw 19 bodies. We found one Sultan Ali still alive with his throat slit,” the witness said.
Badshah said they caught Siraj after the independence and paraded him before the crowd so that they could see Siraj in person, knowing the viciousness of the former school teacher (Siraj).
Meanwhile, at the ICT-2, a new prosecution witness testified in the trial of Forkan Mallik, an alleged Razakar leader of Mirzaganj, Patuakhali.
Md Sundar Gazi, 64, from village Kakrabunia under Mirzaganj police station, submitted his deposition as PW-8.