Kamaruzzaman: The Charges

The International Crimes Tribunal-2 took into cognisance formal charges against senior Jamaat-e-Islami leader Mohammad Kamaruzzaman on Jan 31, 2012 and the trial began on June 4 the same year.

Staff Correspondentbdnews24.com
Published : 8 May 2013, 10:48 PM
Updated : 9 May 2013, 02:52 AM

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According to the charges levelled by the prosecution, Kamaruzzaman was Acting President of Mymensingh district unit of Islami Chhatra Sangha, then the student wing of Jamaat-e-Islami, during the War of Independence.
He founded Al-Badr, a paramilitary force that helped the Pakistani army in 1971, in the district by recruiting members from Ashek Mahmud College at Jamalpur on Apr 22, 1971.
The force was involved in genocide, killing, rape, looting, arson, and deportation of people in the greater Mymensingh district including Jamalpur, Netrokona, Kishoreganj, Sherpur and Tangail, said the prosecution.
Killing of Badiuzzaman
Led by Kamaruzzaman, the Al-Badr captured Badiuzzaman, son of Fazlul Haque of Kalinagar at Nalitabari in Sherpur, from Ramnagar on Jun 29. Later, he was tortured and shot dead on the road at Ahammadnagar village and his body was dumped in the river.
Torture of Lecturer Abdul Hannan
Kamaruzzaman and his associates captured the then Lecturer of Islamic History at Sherpur College Syed Abdul Hannan in one afternoon of May in 1971. His head was shaved, his body and face were coloured with ink and lime, and then he was made to walk down the street of Sherpur town while being whipped naked.
Genocide at Shohaghpur
On July 25, 1971, planned and advised by Kamaruzzaman, the Pakistan Army, aided by Al-Badr and Razakar, surrounded Shohagpur village at Nalitabari in Sherpur and killed 120 men and raped women of the village.
Murder of Golam Mostafa
The Al-Badr captured Golam Mostafa on Aug 23, 1971 and kept him confined to the force's camp on Kamaruzzaman's orders. Mostafa's uncle Tofael Islam had requested Kamaruzzaman to set free his nephew. But the Al-Badr took Mostafa and another man named Abul Kashem to the Sherry Bridge in the area.
Mostafa was killed, but Kashem survived by jumping into a river after being shot in the hand.
Killing of eight
Members of the Al-Badr captured Liakat Ali and 11 others from Chawkbazar at Sherpur in the middle of the Ramadan during the war. All but three were shot dead in presence of Kamaruzzaman.
Repression of Didar and others
The Al-Badr picked up one Didar and several others and took them to the Mymensingh district bungalow in November 1971. They were tortured until they agreed to speak in favour of Pakistan.
Murder of five
The Al-Badr members had surrounded the house of Tepa Miah on the 27th day of Ramadan and killed his son and four others following the orders of Kamaruzzaman.