50 mass graves in Pirojpur disappearing for lack of preservation
PIROJPUR, Dec 8: Due to lack of proper preservation, more than 50 mass graves of the district are becoming extinct.
Many of the mass graves have not been identified yet. The process to identify the graves was taken several times, but later stopped for unknown reasons. As a result, the land of many mass graves has been occupied.
After the Liberation War began, the Pak army led by Captain Ezaz entered Pirojpur through Hularhat Port on May 4, 1971. Later, they killed 28 people at Mandal Para of Krishnanagar Village.
On May 5, Captain Ezaz shot and killed Pirojpur Sub-Division Administrator Abdur Razzak, First Class Magistrate Saif Mizanur Rahman and Police Officer Foyzur Rahman Ahmed, who is father of late writer Humayun Ahmed, at Kheya Ghat near Bolesswar River. The Pak army killed several other people at Chanmari. They were identified as freedom fighters Ganapaty Halder, Fazlul Haque Khokan, Bidhan, Montu, Purnendu, Bachchu, Selim Akhand, Mostofa and woman freedom fighter Bhagirathy.
More than 5,000 people were killed at the mass grave beside Kocha River in Hularhat, Porgola mass grave in Kadamtala, Khejurtala mass grave in Tona Union, Jujkhola mass grave, and Parerhat mass grave.
Besides, more than 3,000 people were killed in Fuljhury mass grave in Dhanisafa Union, Mirukhali mass grave, Baroi Bari mass grave in Sapleja, and Steamer Ghat mass grave at Boro Machhua.
More than 1,000 people of Hindu Community were killed at a mass grave in Atghar Kuriana Village under Swarupkathi Upazila. Besides, several thousand people were killed in some other mass graves. Pirojpur Municipality has built a memorial monument at Kheya Ghat mass grave and Public Works Ministry has built another at Barsakathi mass grave.