Delwar Kabir
Members of the families of seven martyrs of Kaliganj in Jhenidah have expressed their satisfaction when the local administration finally completed construction work of the monument at Arpara village.
The monument is expected to be opened for the public during independence day on March 26, said local administration sources in Kaliganj.
Rezaul Islam, son of martyred Arshed Ali Biswas said a gang of Pakistani forces led by a Bihari man picked him up along with his father Arshed Ali from their home when they were standing by the courtyard after returning from the farmland one summer afternoon during the liberation war in 1971.
The troops put the duo in a line and started shooting. As he (Rezaul) was only 13 years old, he somehow managed to flee the scene.
Later he came to know that the brutal forces gunned down seven innocent people of the village including his father. Arshed’s wife Shar Banu picked up the body of her husband from the stack of dead people in the evening. The body of Arshed was buried near their house. The others killed were identified as Meser Ali Biswas, Asir Uddin Biswas, Yakub Ali Mandal, Mandur Khan and two unidentifiable men.
The remaining bodies were eaten up by dogs, jackals and other animals as no one came to receive the bodies fearing the risk of their lives and properties, Rezaul Islam said.
Mustafizur Rahman Biju, ex mayor of Kaliganj municipality and grandson of martyred Arshed Ali Biswas said the freedom fighters of Kaliganj had been requesting the upazila administration to construct a monument at Arpara where seven innocent persons sacrificed their lives to the occupying forces in 1971. But no effective measure was taken then.
At last the demand of the people saw the face of reality as the local administration constructed a monument after 47 years of independence.
Shar Banu, wife of martyred Arshed Ali Biswas said she was impressed when she witnessed a monument constructed to show honour and respect to people like her husband.
“I do not want any more from the government of Sheikh Hasina as her administration has constructed a monument in the village to show respect to the martyred, although it was delayed. Now I pray for the prime minister in thanks for the work,” Shar Banu said tearfully.
Upazila nirbahi officer (UNO) in Kaliganj Subarna Saha, when contacted, said they are going to inaugurate the monument on March 26 targeting the historical Independence Day.
But it will be finalized after a discussion with the deputy commissioner in Jhenidah, he said.