The War Crimes Facts Finding Committee on Thursday made public a list of 1597 war criminals who had been involved in killing, rape, looting and other grave crimes during the War of Independence in 1971.
The list of war criminals, who were directly involved in crimes against humanity and mass murder, includes 369 officers of the Pakistani occupation forces, 852 Razakars, 64 al-Badars, 78 members of the Bihari community who had collaborated with the Pakistani army, 106 political collaborators and 128 members of the so-called ‘peace committee’ formed by the Pakistanis during the war.
The Facts Finding Committee convener Dr MA Hasan at a press conference at the Women Voluntary Association auditorium in Dhanmondi launched the first list of the war criminals. Kazi Sazzad Ali Zahir Bir Pratik, Liberation War Museum trustee Akku Chowdhury and member of the facts finding committee Dr Zakia also addressed the conference.
Four war crime victims during the Independence War of Bangladesh Putul Rani Karmakae from Barguna district, Moymona Khatun from Phulpur, Mymensingh, Korivin Nesa and Romeza Khatun from Halua Ghat Mymensingh attended the function. Pakistani army officers with the help local collaborators raped them.
The committee has also included the name of one of the Pakistani war criminals Colonel (Retd) Nader Parvez who has recently been elected member of parliament.
The committee have found documents and probes regarding a number of influential professionals and political leaders who had central role in designing as well as committing war crimes they are Dyed Khwaja Khayer Uddin, AQM Shafiqul Islam, Professor Golam Azam, Mahmud Ali, Abdul Zabbar Khaddar, Siddiq Ahmad, Abul Kashem, Mohon Mia, Moulana Syed Mohammad Masum, Abdul Matin, Professor Golam Sarwar, Pir Hossain Uddin, ASM Solaiman, AK Rafiqul Hossain, Nuruzzaman, Ataul Haq Khan, Toaha Bin Habib, Afsar Uddin, Dewan Warasat Ali, Hakim Irtezaur Rahman Khan, late Abbas Ali Khan, Matiur Rahman Nizami, M Kamruzzaman, Abdul Alim, Mohammad Ayen Uddin, Delwar Hossain Sayedi, late Moulana Abdul Mannan, Anwar Zahid, Abdul Kader Mollah, ASM Solaiman, Fazlul Quader Chowdhury, Maoulana Abdus Sobhan, Moulana AKM Yousuf, Ali ahsan Muhammad Muzahid and ABM Khaleq Majumder.
Among the Pakistani war criminals in the list are Aga Mohamad Yahya Khan, Tikka Khan, Rao AA K Niazi, Rao Farman Ali and others.
In response to a question, the committee members said, they have necessary documents and probes about the crimes committed by the persons in the list.
‘Charged of war crimes and the trial can be possible on the basis of the documents and probes we have found.’
Founded 17 years ago, the War Crimes Facts Finding Committee has prepared the list of war criminals as per the findings of 9-year research conducted by 13 full time researchers.
MA Hasan said, ‘This is the first list of war criminals. We will also publish more list of war criminals one after another when ever find necessary probes against a war criminal.’
The supporting documents regarding war criminals are corresponding letters, office notes, office files, cassettes, books, booklets, forensic reports, interviews, videos and paper cuttings, the facts finding committee leaders said.