Govt will identify 30 lakh martyrs: PM
Published: 08:36 PM, 19 June 2019 Updated: 08:51 PM, 19 June 2019
The parliament leader and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has highlighted the government's plan to identify thirty lakh mass martyrs in the Liberation War.
The Premier said “After collecting the data through the Ministry of Liberation War about the freedom fighters who participated in the liberation war, the government has created a database and published it on the website. But in the 9-month war, three million people lost their lives across the country. It was not possible to identify all of these people. The government has plans to take steps to identify them in the future.”
Sheikh Hasina said this in the on the question-answer period of the 11th Parliament’s 1st budget season on Wednesday afternoon.
In response to the question of the ruling party MP, Asim Kumar Ukil, Sheikh Hasina said that if any freedom fighter is left out of the published list, then they can be included in the list identified.
The parliament leader said that as part of the grand list, the full list of 5,795 martyrs, name and address detailed has been published on the website of the Information Ministry. Among them, 2,922 Gazetted civilian martyrs, 1,628 members of the Armed Forces, 832 of BGB and 424 are the gazetted Shahid Police.
Sheikh Hasina said “Our government has been working sincerely to save the memory of the mass graves of the freedom fighters, who were killed by the Pakistani occupation forces and their local collaborators in 1971. A comprehensive project has been implemented to identify mass graves across the country.” A total of 281 mass graves will be preserved and developed through a project taken out of an estimated expenditure of Tk 442 crore 40 lakhs, the house leader also informed.