By Mamun Islam
RANGPUR, March 21, 2016 (BSS) - Guessing nerve of the independence-seeker Bangalees, the Pakistani occupation army started planning for committing genocide in Rangpur region as elsewhere in the country since volatile March
"The Rangpur people became extremely angry since hatred Yahiya Khan cancelled on March 1 the scheduled parliament sitting on March 3 in 1971 and declared curfew on the day," District Muktijoddha Commander Mosaddek Hossain Bablu said.
Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman with huge hatred vehemently rejected cancellation of the scheduled parliament session from March 3, called strike on March 2 in Dhaka and on March 3 throughout the country.
Accordingly, thousands of Bangalees brought out massive processions breaking curfew as part of the nationwide non- cooperation movements against the Pakistani regime and sacrificed three brave sons on March 3 in Rangpur.
"The occupation forces got extremely frightened when thousands of
Bangalees brought out procession breaking curfew in Rangpur city sacrificing three heroic sons Sanku Samajhder, Abul Kalam Azad and Omar Ali on March 3 in 1971," Bablu said.
"Since then, the occupation forces planned for committing genocide of the intellectuals and musollis along with common people to eliminate the Bengali nation from this fertile soil," Bablu continued.
According to the book 'Mukitjuddhe Rangpur' written by Mukul Mostafizur Rahman, the Pakistani hyenas with local collaborators, including Beharis, caught 11 brilliant Bangalee sons in a pre-planned manner and took to Rangpur Cantonment on March 27 in 1971.
Later on April 4 in 1971, the Pakistani occupation forces with local collaborators took them to 'Dakhiganj Shwashan' here and gunned them down to make the Bengali nation talentless.
One of them, the then Awami League leader Dr Dinesh Chandra Bhowmick alias Mantu Daktar, who received severe injuries as eight bullets penetrated his body, luckily escaped death despite indiscriminate firing at him along with the others.
Later, he joined the Mukti Bahini after getting proper treatments in India and fought the War of Liberation to liberate the country.
The 10 martyrs are: Advocate Mahfuz Ali Zorjes, Durga Das Adhikari, Dhirendranath Shanti Chaki, Khitish Halder, Gopal Chandra, Ehsanul Haque Dulal, Tofazzal Hossain Moharram, Rafikul Islam Rafique, Uttam Kumar Adhikari and Pagla Darbesh.
As per their heinous plan, the occupation forces committed genocide of 32 Musollis at Lahirirhat in the outskirts of the city after Juma prayers on May 7 in 1971 uncovering their real face towards the religion of Islam.
The Lahirirhat genocide helped the common people, irrespective of caste, creed and religion, to easily understand the false propaganda conducted by the Pakistani occupation forces as well as Pakistani government of saving Islam from the enemies.
The book 'Mukitjuddhe Rangpurer Itihas' published by Rangpur district administration has elaborately narrated genocide of the 32 Musollis.
The occupation forces with local collaborators came by four trucks and got down in front of Lahirirhat Mosque and soon started catching the Musollis just after the Friday Juma prayers on May 7 in 1971.
The innocent Musollis soon started running all around to escape from the human beasts when 32 of them, including a father and his son, were caught by the occupation forces.
After catching, the occupation forces started torturing the innocent Musollis, who repeatedly claimed with indescribable fear in minds that they were Muslims and came to the mosque for offering Juma prayers, in last bid to save their lives.
Eye-witnesses Rafiul Islam and Motiar Rahman said the Pakistani army took the Musollis to the nearby pond, forced them to stand in four rows, opened brass fire killing them on the spot and buried them into a mass grave there at Lahirirhat.
"Genocide of the intellectuals and Musollis along with the common people in Rangpur region inspired the Bangalees in joining the Mukti Bahini en-masse to ultimately achieve the independence on December 16," valiant freedom fighter Majibar Rahman Master said.