By Mamun Islam
RANGPUR, March 30, 2015 (BSS) - The Pakistani occupation army started genocide of the intellectuals along with common Bangalees in Rangpur since early March in 1971 quickly sparkling the War of Liberation for the ultimate national Independence.
The Pakistani army and their collaborators got frightened when thousands of Bangalees brought out procession breaking curfew here and three heroic sons of Rangpur Sangku Samajhder, Abul Kalam Azad and Omar Ali laid down their lives on March 3.
After noticing the unprecedented heroism among the Rangpur people since beginning of March, the Pakistani occupation forces with their local collaborators started planning for cleansing the innocent Bangalees, including intellectuals of this volatile city.
According to the freedom fighters and elderly citizens, the Pakistani hyenas with their local collaborators, including non-Bengali Beharis, caught 11 brilliant Bangalee sons from the city in pre-planned manner on March 27 in 1971 from their houses.
The occupation forces with their local non-Bengali Behari collaborators forcibly took them to Rangpur cantonment and conducted barbaric physical torture on these brilliant sons of the city for their uncompromising patriotism causing unbearable pains.
Later in the small hours of April 4 in 1971, the Pakistani blood-hungry occupation forces with their local collaborators took them to Dakhiganj Shwashan (crematory) in the city and gunned them down to make the Bengali nation talentless.
Luckily, one of them, the then Awami League leader Dr Dinesh Chandra Bhowmick alias Mantu Daktar, who received severe injuries as eight bullets penetrated his body, escaped the death despite indiscriminate firing at him along with the others.
Later, he joined the Mukti Bahini after getting proper treatments in neighbouring India and fought the War of Liberation to liberate the country from the clutches of the Pakistani occupation forces by killing many enemy soldiers in the war fronts.
The 10 martyrs are: Advocate Mahfuz Ali Zorjes, Durga Das Adhikari,
Dhirendranath Shanti Chaki, Khitish Halder, Gopal Chandra, Ehsanul Haque Dulal, Tofazzal Hossain Moharram, Rafikul Islam Rafique, Uttam Kumar Adhikari and Pagla Darbesh.
The genocide of the ten intellectuals by the Pakistani occupation forces and their local collaborators at Dakhiganj here on April 4 in 1971 triggered heroism in every Rangpur people instantly inspiring them to launch stiff resistance for Independence.
Talking to BSS, Commander of district unit of Bangladesh Muktijoddha Sangshad Mosaddek Hossain Bablu said the occupation forces killed the ten renowned intellectuals here on April 4 in 1971 to make Rangpur talentless and foil the War of Liberation.
He said the people of Rangpur factually started the War of Liberation from March 3 in 1971 and they became angry when hatred Yahiya Khan cancelled on March 1 the scheduled parliament sitting on March 3 and declared curfew on the day.
After losing three heroic sons Sangku Samajhder, Abul Kalam Azad and Omar Ali on March 3 in 1971 while breaking curfew in the city, the people of Rangpur started mobilising them to launch all-out resistance against the Pakistani occupation forces.
Besides, abduction of the 11 intellectuals and taking them to Rangpur Cantonment on March 27 made the people of Rangpur extremely angry instigating them to snatch away Independence from the clutches of Pakistani occupation forces at any cost.
Being organised, some 30,000 Bangalees attempted to capture Rangpur
Cantonment on March 28 in 1971 when 600 of them were gunned down by the Pakistani occupation forces at Nisbetganj igniting the War of Liberation giving it a decisive shape.
Observing unprecedented heroism of the Bangalees since beginning of March in 1971, the occupation forces with their non-Bengali Behari collaborators continued conducting massacres of the ten intellectuals and hundreds of innocent Bangalees here.
According to the freedom fighters, historians and researchers, killing of the ten intellectuals in Rangpur on April 4 in 1971 was a part of the occupation forces to make the nation talentless to foil the War of Liberation.
Martyrdom of ten intellectuals followed by massacre of 600 innocent
Bangalees at Nisbetganj inspired the Bangalees in going to India en-masse to join the Mukti Bahini to ultimately achieve the ultimate national Independence on December 16 in 1971.