WAR CRIMES TRIAL
Quasem threatened to kill captives in Al-Badr torture camp: WitnessNew Age Online
A torture camp survivor of Al-Badr in Chittagong Monday told the International Crimes Tribunal – 2 that detained Jamaat leader Mir Quasem Ali had threatened to kill the captives including him in the Dalim Hotel’s torture camp as the war crimes accused failed to get information from them.
The survivor, Sunil Kanti Bardhan, testifying as the fourth prosecution witness against Quasem, also said that he was picked up and blindfolded by Al-Badr men from Chaktai area in Chittagong while he was on way to his village home in Perpyara under Patiya late November, 1971.
He said that he was then taken to Al-Badr torture camp at Dost Mohammad Panjabi’s building at a hidden warehouse in the port city. He was brutally tortured for several days there and then on December 14, 1971, was moved along with others to Dalim Hotel. There he saw Quasem, Sunil tetified.
The 72-year-old witness said that he heard from other captives at Dalim Hotel that many confined persons, such as Tuntu Sen and Ranjit Das, were killed on orders from Quasem.
As his deposition ended, Quasem’s lawyer Mizanul Islam began his cross-examination but it remained incomplete when the tribunal adjourned the proceedings until tomorrow.
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