War crimes verdict looms over 4 Gaibandha men

Bangla Tribune Report
Published : 20:45, Jul 21, 2019 | Updated : 20:46, Jul 21, 2019

International Crimes Tribunal (ICT)The International Crimes Tribunal has concluded trial against four Gaibandha men for crimes against humanity during the 1971 War of Independence.
The three-member tribunal led by Justice Md Shahinur Islam on Sunday (Jul 21) kept its verdict pending.
Among the four men being tried- Md Ranju Mia, 59, is in prison while Jachizar Rahman Khoka, 64, Montaz Ali Bepari, 68, and Abdul Wahed Mandal were tried as fugitives.
In December 2016, the ICT’s investigation wing filed its report accusing the four men of war crimes.
They have been charged with four counts of crimes including arson attack, forced deportation, and massacre during the war.
Charge 1
They have been accused of being part of a group of razakars who along with Pakistani soldiers attacked a village in Gainbandha’s Shahpur Union in June 1971.
They allegedly tortured Ambika Charan Sarker, Dijen Chandra Sarker and Abdul Majid Pradhan in addition to Ful Kumari Rani and Sarker who were let go after promising to convert.
Charge 2
A total of nine people were shot dead and 40 to 50 houses were looted before setting them on fire during an attack on the Nandina Village near the Gaibandha district town.
Charge 3
Five people, including Lal Mia Bepari, Abdul Baki and Khalilar Rahman were shot dead during an attack on Dualatpur village near the Gaibandha town.
Charge 4
The suspects took part in the armed attacks on six villages and in the killings of seven people, including Freedom Fighter Omar Faruk, Islam Uddin and Nabir Hossain.