By Mamun Islam
RANGPUR, Mar 20, 2015 (BSS) - The whole Bangalee nation turned angry since begging of volatile March in 1971 when hatred Pakistani President Yahiya Khan cancelled the scheduled on March 3 parliament sitting and declared curfew on
The common people started bringing out spontaneous protest processions
throughout the country, including the northern districts of Rangpur,
Thakurgaon, Dinajpur, Kurigram, Nilphamari, Panchagarh, Lalmonirhat and Gaibandha.
Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman with huge hatred rejected cancellation of the scheduled parliament session from March 3 and called strike on March 2 in Dhaka and on March 3 throughout the country.
Since then, the heroic Bengali people decisively started their struggles for independence at the call of Bangabandhu when the occupation forces and local collaborators planned for committing genocide to eliminate the Bengali
nation from this fertile soil.
As a part of their heinous conspiracy, the Pakistani occupation forces in association with local collaborators, Beharis, razakars, al-shams and al- shams started committing planned genocides on this soil since March 25 in 1971.
The occupation forces tortured and killed over 3,000 independence-seeker innocent Bangalees and freedom fighters and dumped their bodies into 'Khuniadighee' water body in Thakurgaon alone during the nine months period from March to December in 1971.
The 'Khuniadighee' water body situates in village Bhandara under
Ranisonkoil upazila of Thakurgaon and still remains as silent witness of the genocide committed against humanity by the occupation forces with their local collaborators in 1971.
The local people named the water body as 'Khuniadighee' that situates one kilometre from torture camp of the Pakistani army set up in 1971 and turned red due to mixing with blood of the martyred Bangalees irrespective of their caste, creed and religion.
According to freedom fighters and local people, the Pakistani occupation forces caught thousands of innocent Bangalees from different areas, brought them to different torture camps, tortured and killed them before dumping
bodies into water there.
Another torture cell was set up then at Ranisonkoil Government Model
Primary School where the Pakistani army hanged innocent Bangalees with a mango tree, tortured and killed them before throwing the bodies into the 'Khuniadighee' water.
The occupation forces in association with their local collaborators also caught hundreds of daughters of the soil, molested and killed them at different torture camps set up in the area and dumped the bleeding bodies into the water there.
Talking to BSS, elderly eyewitnesses Mohiuddin Ahmed Lalu, 66, of
Ranisonkoil upazila town, Faizul Haque, 63, and Takbir Ali, 65, of Bhandara village narrated the terrific stories of those days with fear, emotion and tears.
Former Commander of Ranisonkoil upazila unit of Bangladesh Muktijoddha
Sangsad Sirajul Islam said, he along with his fellow freedom fighters, lifted some 1,500 human skulls from the 'Khuniadighee' water in 1972 after the War of Liberation.
He said the Ranisonkoil army camp was a fearful torture cell adding that the Pakistani occupation forces caught and brought innocent people and freedom fighters there from different places of Thakurgaon, Panchagarh, Dinajpur and Nilphamari.
After bringing captives from many villages under different upazilas of
Thakurgaon, Panchagarh, Dinajpur and Nilphamari districts, the occupation forces inhumanly tortured and killed them and threw the bodies into the water body.
Recalling barbaric atrocities committed against humanity by the occupation forces, he said minimum 3,000 innocent Bangalees were killed during the nine- month period from March to December in 1971 and bodies were thrown into the 'Khuniadighee' water.
After the War of Liberation, the government of Independent Bangladesh
constructed a monument there to make the 'Khuniadighee' martyred immortal for their supreme sacrifice that accelerated the way towards ultimate Victory in 1971 since March.