RAJSHAHI, Paying a rich tribute to the martyrs of Thanapara genocide, State Minister for Foreign Affairs Shahriar Alam has said members of the Shaheed families will be rehabilitated.
At the initial stage, he assured that one member of each family will get employment scope besides providing education support to them.
He said the Thanapara village under Charrghat upazila in the district suffered worst atrocities committed by the Pakistan army on April 13 in 1971. They killed a total of 136 males brutally at a time making village male-less.
The state minister was addressing a discussion and doa mahfil at the
village on Thursday afternoon as chief guest. Thanapara Swallows Development Society (TSDS) organized the discussion marking the genocide day.
With TSDS Executive Director Raihan Ali in the chair, principal of
Bangladesh Police Academy, Sardah Nazib Uddin, Upazila Nirbahi Officer
Ashraful Islam, Freedom Fighter Anwar Hossain, Project Implementation Officer Ali Haider and Upazila Awami League General Secretary Fakhrul Islam also spoke.
Shahriar Alam said the present government of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has taken a decision for creating consensus among people at home and abroad to earn international recognition of the Genocide Day observed for the first time in the country on March 25 last.
Like the Liberation War, the incident of genocide is marked permanently in the history of Bangladesh and the young generation needs to work for a due recognition of the day, he added.
State Minister Alam said earning national recognition of the day is quite important as "it will help young generation to know what actually happened on this day in 1971".
He said the country suffered worst atrocities committed by the Pakistan army -- from the beginning to the end of the Liberation War. He added that the government is conducting trial of war criminals to make sure that the ones involved in the genocide do not go unpunished.
"We have to take a move to raise the issue at the international
organistions with evidence so that the day can be observed globally," the chief guest added.
Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha