8 – Genocide ’71-08 – 921bcc35-ed7e-47c6-8e5d-de22cc0a2559

Forest Ghat was a jetty next to Rupsha river. People usually never moved around the area at night, only a few people used it during the day – during the liberation war use of this jetty was stopped out of fear of the Pakistanis and their local collaborators. As a result this jetty was always under control of the Pakistanis. Everyday, around 20 people were beheaded, gutted and thrown into the river. Near the jetty was a ration store maintained by the local police – around 30 policemen and their office help were stationed here. Kamrul Haque Chowdhury, then an employee of the office, said that the Pakistanis would frequently force the people stationed there to collaborate in killing their victims – they would grasp the arms of the victims tightly while the Pakistani soldiers bayonetted them, kicking them into the river after they were done. Abdur Rob and Shahadat, employees of the police ration store, recounted details of the killings when they returned to office – during the day, at least 6-7 people were killed, the numbers going up many-fold during the night. The horrific killings rendered the wooden jetty slick and slippery because of the blood of victims – eyewitnesses report countless sandals and shoes scattered about the jetty, with countless bodies floating in the river like weeds. The blood-curdling sound of the people being killed and the dying screams of the Pakistanis’ victims were heard by Judge Khondoker Nessarul Haque, resident of a nearby bungalow. Upon requesting the commanding officer to not kill people near the courthouse, Judge Nessarul Haqye was threatened and his request denied – he fell seriously sick and died of a heart attack on 30th May. The next day, his employee Syed Kaiser Ali died in a similar fashion – peon Abdur Rouf died of a heart attack as well a few days after that.

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