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List of 10,789 razakars released, FFs’ list Mar 26

Published : Monday, 16 December, 2019 at 12:00 AM  Count : 226

The Ministry of Liberation War Affairs on Sunday published a list of 10,789 razakars who collaborated with the Pakistani occupation forces during the Liberation War in 1971.
"In the first phase, a list of 10,789 razakars has been published reviewing the documents of the Home Ministry. Lists of more razakars will be published in phases after proper scrutiny and examination," Liberation War Affairs Minister AKM Mozammel Haque told a press conference in the ministry's conference room on the eve of the nation's Victory Day.
He said the first part of the list has been uploaded on the ministry's website-
"We are publishing the list of those razakars, Al-Badr, Al-Shams or anti-liberation elements who were appointed by the Pakistan government in 1971, after scrutinizing the documents preserved at the Home
Ministry," he said.
The minister said efforts are underway to collect lists of razakars from the then record rooms of different districts and those lists which were published from BG press during that period. None will be enlisted unfairly as no list will be prepared without cent percent confirmation, he added.
"We had asked the deputy commissioners to send the old documents of their record rooms. They were not asked to make any list. But, we did not get expected response. We will get the records by next January," the minister said.
He said the efforts are underway to recover all the gazettes published in 1971 in this regards.
The minister said the list of razakars was published to portray the true history and introduce the anti-liberation forces to the new generation.
Asked whether the list will be published as a gazette, he said if the nation demands or the government wants, the list can be published as a gazette.
"Many documents and records of razakars, Al-Badrs and Al-Shams were destroyed in various ways as the anti-liberation forces stayed in the state power for a long time. The present government is determined to bring the anti-liberation forces to justice and as part of that the list was published today," he said.
The minister said the people need to know who played what role in the Liberation War and that is why the list was published.
The minister also published a draft list of freedom fighters and said actually the number of freedom fighters will not be more than 2.10 lakh.
He said at present the number of freedom fighters getting allowances is 2,01,461.
After scrutinizing the documents at upazila level, the final list of freedom fighters will be published on the Independence Day on March 26, 2020, he said, adding that works are underway to publish a complete and single list of freedom fighters after compiling different lists.

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