Delwar Kabir, Jhenidah
The people of Jhenaidah observed the historic Kamanna Day on Monday with due respect and solemnity.
On the fateful day of November 26, 1971, the martyrs sacrificed their lives at the hands of Pakistani occupation army at Kamanna village of Shailkupa upazila in the district.
Bangladesh Muktijoddha Sangsad Bogura union command, Kamanna 27 Shahid Srity Sangha, Bogura union parishad and local union Awami League organised the programmes marking the day. Placing wreaths at the graves of the martyrs, milad mahfil, discussion, distribution of sweetmeats and showing honour to family members of the martyrs were the part of the celebration like past years.
Speakers at the discussion 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 added.
They also said neither any tourism spot, nor any concrete road has been constructed at Kamanna after repeated assurance of the leaders including the then minister Tofayel Ahmed, Sohrab Hossain Yusuf Ali, lawmakers Nur E Alam Siddiquee and present AL lawmaker Abdul Hyee. The discussion was presided over by Bogura union parishad chairman Nazrul Islam while upazila nirbahi officer (UNO) Mohammad Usman Gani, Jhenaidah-1 constituency lawmaker Abdul Hyee, ex-district commander of Bangladesh Muktijoddha Sangsadh Mollah Nabuyat Hossain of Magura and ex-commander of the Sangsad in Shailkupa Rahmat Ali Mantu participated as special guests.
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 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.