Local people buried the bodies of the 27 martyrs in six mass graves near Kamanna High School on the north bank of Kumar River. Photo: BP

Delwar Kabir, Jhenidah
The district administration and the people of Jhenaidah have completed all preparations to observe the historic Kamanna Day today with due respect and solemnity.
On the fateful day of November 26, 1971, 27 martyrs sacrificed their lives to liberate the sovereignty of Bangladesh at Kamanna village of Shailkupa upazila in the district.
The 47th death anniversary of the martyrs will be observed in a befitting way. As part of the celebration this year, a milad mahfil, discussion meeting, distribution of sweetmeats and showing honour to the family members of the martyrs will be held, said locals and freedom fighters.
Bangladesh Muktijoddha Sangsad Bogura union command, Kamanna 27 Shahid Srity Sangha, Bogura union parishad and Awami League local union committee will organise the programmes.
According to local freedom fighters, about 35 freedom fighters were staying in a two-storied tin-shed house of Madhab Bhowmik at Kamanna since November 23, 1971. The house is now owned by one KB Zaman. The freedom fighters were from Shailkupa of Jhenidah, Sripur and Magura Sadar, led by Alamgir of Shailkupa and Abu Bakar of Sripur in Magura.
Some informers reported about their whereabouts to Pakistani army.
The Pakistani soldiers and their collaborators from Shailkupa, Jhenaidah and Magura with heavy fire arms cordoned the area at the early hours of the day; and started firing at the house where the innocent freedom fighters were living. As the freedom fighters were not informed about the attack earlier, they could not retaliate using their arms and ammunitions.
The brutal occupation forces and their collaborators killed Momin, Kader, Shahidul Islam, Soleman, Abdur Razzaque, Abdul Wahed, Riyad, Alamgir Hossain, Abdul Motaleb, Ali Hossain, Sariful Islam, Anisur Rahman, Alimuzzaman, Tajul Islam, Maniruzzaman, Nasim, Razzaque-2, Kawser Ali, Abdul Malek, Abdul Aziz, Akbar Hossain, Selim, Hossain, Rashed, Golzer Ahmed, Adhir and Gour with gunshots and by charging bayonets.
The killing forces then left the place setting a number of houses of the Hindu community people and freedom fighters on fire. Housewives Ranga Nessa and Phani Bhusan Kundu were shot dead when they came outside their houses in the early hours during the massacre.
Samena Begum, a witness of the massacre, said a young man with bullet injuries was seeking water to drink. As she responded with an earthen pot of water, an occupying soldier broke the jar firing a bullet and killed the boy before her eyes.
Locals said, they along with the freedom fighters who arrived later, buried the bodies of the 27 martyrs in six mass graves near Kamanna High School on the north bank of Kumar River.
Expressing their concern, some locals and the relatives of the martyrs said a number of ministers, lawmakers, political leaders and administrative officials visited the place several times, assuring locals and freedom fighters about establishing a freedom fighters’ complex, museum and tourism spot at Kamanna. “But the commitment could not be realised in the past 46 years of liberation,” they lamented.
Biswas Lutfar Rahman, veteran freedom fighter and retired joint secretary of the election commission, said that he formed a committee titled Kamanna 27 Shahid Srity Sangha immediately after the liberation movement to show respect to the martyrs.
Nazrul Islam, chairman of Bogura union parishad under Shailkupa upazila said, “We will observe the day on November 26 with due respect.”