Mass grave during Great Liberation War found in Maheshpur
Published: 08:45 PM, 15 May 2022 Updated: 08:47 PM, 15 May 2022
A mass grave has been found at the college bus stand in Maheshpur town of Jhenaidah; Photo: Daily Bangladesh
A mass grave has been found at the college bus stand in Maheshpur town of Jhenaidah.
While digging the Kopotakkho River flowing over Maheshpur, the skulls and bones of several people were discovered. This has created a stir in the area. People are crowding on the banks of the Kopotakkho River in the news of finding the remains on the banks of the river.
According to the locals, while digging the Kopotakkho River, the locals saw human skulls and bones from under the bridge near the Maheshpur Government College bus stand. Later, the locals put the skulls and bones in there.
A local resident named Abdur Rahman said they came up on the excavator’s head while digging the river. After the rain, the skulls came out and the youths of the area went to take a bath and put the bones and skulls together. The skulls of the people were lying in that condition till noon on Sunday.
Kamaluzzaman, a former Bir Freedom Fighter commander of the district and current president of the Sector Commanders Forum, said there are multiple mass graves in Maheshpur. We have asked the upazila administration to preserve them.
He said that during the Great Liberation War, there was a camp of 18 Punjab Battalion at Khalishpur in Maheshpur. They used to catch people from different places in Maheshpur’s Bhalaipur, behind the hospital and under the wooden bridge at the corner of the college and kill them. Later, they would bury the bodies. This is that mass grave.
Kamaluzzaman added that razakars used to live in Maheshpur post bungalow. Next to the post bungalow is the Kopotakkho River and the wooden bridge. This mass grave was discovered there. It can be said without any doubt that these ordinary people are the victims of the massacre of the Pakistan Army and Razakars.
He immediately hung a signboard here and demanded that the mass graves be preserved.
Maheshpur Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO) Nayan Kumar Rajbangshi said, “I went to the spot after getting the news. I saw skulls and bones there. Talking to the locals, it is known that this is a sign of the Liberation War period. We will make arrangements to preserve it officially.”