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Liberation War moments still haunt old Abed Ali

Published : Sunday, 9 December, 2018 at 12:00 AM  Count : 91
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Abed Ali showing the chop mark. 	photo: Observer

Abed Ali showing the chop mark. photo: Observer

JOYPURHAT, Dec 8: The Liberation War moments still haunt old Abed Ali of Chirla Village in the district.
Abed Ali, 70, survived the atrocity of Pakistani occupation forces. The army men chopped him with Chinese axe and threw him in a hole, but he managed to save himself and live afterwards.
After the war began, the Pak army occupied areas one after another and started their reign of terror. Like other districts, Joypurhat also went under their hold.
To continue their torture, the Pak army selected bordering Pagladewan, Ichhua, Nawpara and Chirla villages. They built a bunker in Pagladewan Village, which is still extant as the silent witness of the atrocities.
On June 18, 1971, the Pak army caught 30/32 devotees from Pagladewan and Chirla mosques. The main cause of their anger was that four Pak army men were killed in a mine explosion on Pallibala-Pagladewan road some days back. So, they became angry and started to torture the people.
Of the caught people, Abed Ali was one who was then 23 years old. First, their hands and legs were tied up and later taken to the house of one Shaheb Ali where there were 35/40 people tied up in hands and legs.
Though the Pak army prepared to shoot the captured persons, they were again taken to the bunker. The Pak army dug a hole beside the bunker where two persons in each turn were taken and they were chopped with Chinese axe.
Meanwhile, Abed Ali regained sense at deep night and found self in the pool of blood. At that time, he went to a relative's house nearby and on next day he took treatment from Balurghat Hospital.
The shivering incident still haunts Abed Ali. He expressed with anguish that no government helped him so far. Only journalists come to take his interview.

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