Fresh list of Razakars same day
Golam Mostafa Jibon : After many much controversy, Liberation War affairs Ministry goes to publish a fresh list of 2.31 lakh genuine freedom fighters on March 26, on occasion of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib’s centenary.
Meanwhile, all preparations have been taken by the authorities concerned. But, controversy has been created over the list of Razakars published on December 15 last for gross mistakes.
Though, the ministry declared to publish a fresh list of Razakars on the same day, there is no noticeable preparation in this regard.
AKM Mozammel Haque, Minister of the Liberation War affairs Ministry said, “Fresh list of Razakars will be produced after collecting information from district and upazila levels so that the list is accurate.” He also said, “A fresh list of genuine freedom fighters will be unveiled on March 26, which preparation has already completed.”
The names, which has remained included in the Indian list, Lal Muktibarta, government gazette and charter, Army, Navy, Air Force and police gazette, Mujibnagar gazette and Birangana gazette will be published together in the form of Gazette. Those, who have names only in the green Muktibarta or gazette, but don’t have certificates, will remain out of the freedom fighters’ list.
It is to be mentioned that, list of freedom fighters was published several times by several governments after the liberation war in 1971. But, controversy over the lists is yet to end. The list was changed several times with the changing of government. The names of many real freedom fighters were abolished from the list, while the names of many fake freedom fighters were also included in different lists with the change of time. Over the issue, there are over 31,000 cases.
According to the sources, huge scopes of controversy over the list of real freedom fighters have been created in the last years due to many reasons including non-compliance with “The Bangladesh (Freedom Fighters) Welfare Trust Order-1972, introduction of various definitions over freedom fighters and lack of proper and independent law for the freedom fighters.
Former Chairman of the Central Command Council of the Freedom Fighters Major General (Rtd) Helal Morshed Khan Birbikram told The Daily Industry, “Who will be treated as real freedom fighters, that rules have been mentioned clearly in the ordinance of 1972. So, there is no option to make the freedom fighters controversial. If it is, it will tarnish the images of real freedom fighters.”
According to the ordinance, “Freedom fighter means any person, who had served as member of any force engaged in the War of Liberation.”
This time, the real freedom fighters have been verified with various terms so that no fake person is included as freedom fighter.