By Asraful Huq and Mahmudul Hasan Raju
DHAKA, March 25, 2017 (BSS)-Evidences are available which appear to confirm that the Pakistani army's "Operation Searchlight" in Dacca on March 25 midnight was part of a well-organized plan to carry out genocide in East Pakistan (now Bangladesh).
These evidences have certainly proved false the then Pakistani government's claim that its troops had only attacked rebels who offered armed resistance.
The evidences were a transcript of monitored radio messages passed between army units during the early hours of March 25 in 1971.
The then temporary government (Mujibnagar Government) of the independent Bangladesh found the transcript and sent its copies to the Secretary General of the United Nations (UN) and all heads of government.
The transcript of some part of the radio message was published in "The Times" on June 2 in 1971.
Here are some extracts from messages exchanged between control room of the headquarters of General Tikka Khan, the military governor, and army units.
Control room: Well done. What do you think would be the approximate number of casualties at the University?
88: Wait, approximately 300. Over.
Control: Well done. Three hundred killed. Anybody wounded or captured? Sitrep (situation report). Over.
88: I believe only in one thing 300 killed. Over.
Control: Yes I agree with you. That's much easier. Nothing asked nothing done. You don't have to explain anything. Once again I would like to give you Shabash to all the boys---
77: Latest from 88 that he is making progress. But there are so many
buildings that he has to reduce each one in turn. He has so far suffered no casualties but there is firing against him. He is using everything he has got. Over.
Control: Tell him that his big brothers (artillery support) will also be coming shortly. I hope. So those can be utilized for knocking down the buildings. Now on the other side. I think Liaqat and Iqbal (student dormitories) is now quiet----
Control: From Imam (the commanding officer) regarding all Bangladesh flags or black flags. Owners of building flying these must be warned to remove them at once otherwise they will be persecuted. Road blocks anywhere will be a criminal offence. Anyone seen indulging in these must be shot at sight. Houses and building on either side will be demolished.
88: Wilco. Anything else ? Over.
Control: Imam is now with Imam 26. If you need further assistance in any matter you can let him know. Regarding the Buxer (demolition squad) elements. They have started from their base position and will be able to help you immediately after first light to help demolish all the obstacle in front of you. Over.
Control: What about the People's daily (the daily people newspaper)? Over.
26: Blasted. I say again, blasted. Our two me seriously wounded been
evacuated. Control: Any approximation of the other side's casualties? Over.
26:No. It's difficult to judge at the moment. Places are on fire or have been completely destroyed.
Control: Have you done away police lines also? Over.
26: Police lines on fire. Over.
Control Good show. Out.