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WAR CRIMES TRIAL

Khokon committed killings, arson attacks: victims̢۪ kin

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Two prosecution witnesses against absconding war crimes accused Zahid Hossain alias Khokon Razakar on Tuesday told the International Crimes Tribunal-1 that their kin were killed and their houses were set on fire by Razakar Bahini men led by Khokon along with Pakistan occupation army in May 1971 during the liberation war.
Testifying as the 12th prosecution witness against Khokon, 64-year-old Md Hannan Munshi of village Goaldi under Nagarkanda in Faridpur told the tribunal that he on May 31, 1971, saw that Razakar Bahini men led by Khokon and the occupation army had been coming to their village.
Seeing this, he said, he, his parents, two brothers and 2-year-old sister Bulu had been fleeing towards nearby Ghoramara beel when the attackers opened fire on them. His little sister received bullets and died in the lap of his mother.
He recalled that the houses of his locality, including their own, were set on fire by the attackers.
Later, testifying as the 13th prosecution witness against Khokon, 71-year-old Ramesh Chandra Roy of the same Goaldi village testified that seeing the Razakar Bahini men and the occupation army coming towards their village, he hid in a nearby palm tree garden and his grandfather Rajendra Chandra Roy hid in a jute field on May 31, 1971.
He said that Khokon and his accomplices shot his grandfather at the jute field.
The witness recalled that he saw that the accused and his accomplices had burnt the houses of his locality.
As their deposition ended, Khokon’s state-appointed defence lawyer Md Abdus Shukur Khan cross-examined them.
On completion of their cross-examination, the tribunal adjourned the proceedings of the case until Wednesday.




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