M.A. Salam, Dinajpur
Today (October 10) is Charharhart Genocide Day which will be observed at Nawabganj upazila in Dinajpur.
On this day in 1971, a total of 98 innocent villagers of two villages of Putimara union were shot dead by Pakistani soldiers indiscriminately. From that time, the day is being celebrated as the Charharhat Genocide Day. Nawabganj Upazila Freedom Fighter Commander Rahman and Shaheed family sources said that 67 people, including two women of Charharhat Prankrishnapur village and 31 villagers of the nearby village Saraiyapara, were killed in the firing by the Pak army.
The massacre was organized at Charharthat Jana Pratikranchpur by a group of people at the end of the village east end. In the clutches, Pakistani soldiers shot and killed men in the house.
Eight people of Charharhat village survived fortunately from the shooting of the Pak army. Although they survived, they were torturing the soldiers of the Pak army and the pain of losing their loved ones.
One of them is Shaheed Mansher Ali’s son Charharthat High School assistant teacher Md. Mozammel Haque, 69. On that day he lost his father and younger brother Maqbool Hossain. He was also shot.
Mozammel Haque said that he went to the mosque to read Fajar prayers early in the morning. At the end of the prayer, many people, including Mohammad Mofiz Uddin of the village, informed that the Pakistan army was calling. To build a broken bridge, the soil has to be cut. The book shakes when they hear about the Pak army.
“But by assuring the assurance of the elders, we all went to a field east of the village. There, I saw that almost all the people of the village were gathered together. After this, the Pak army fired arbitrarily the brush,” he said.
Mozammel Haque’s father and younger brother died. He lost sense by shooting his left foot and right hand. He survived that day because the Pak army left him thinking dead.
The son of the deceased Ibrahim survived the shooting of the Pak army. Yahya Sarkar said that he was sitting in Jainamaj in Fajar’s name at home. At that time, his elder brother and Mofiz Uddin called him and his younger brother Ekramul Haque Sarkar to have the soil cut with
Pak army.
Although they were shot in the fire by the Pak army, they survived fortunately.
Abdur Razzak, 56, son of
village Shaheed Abdul Gafur, said that men escaped to the mosque survived. But the Pakistani soldiers shot and killed those men who had found men in search of the house.
Charharhat genocide is one of the main events of this region’s Liberation War. But after 40 years of independence the martyrs did not receive any status. They did not receive any government support or cooperation.
Mozammel Haque, who lost his father and brother, said that only 1 thousand taka were given for those who were martyred from the government. There was no memorial pillar here. However, the land was turned into a pastoral ground.