Gallamary bears marks of 1971 genocide
muktijoddha.org - The horrific Gallamary mass grave here still bears the marks of butchery that took place 46 years back. The notorious Pakistan army chooses the spot to kill the freedom fighters and pro- liberation people of the region, turning it into a place of execution.
Commander of Mujib Bahini (BLF) in Greater Khulna during the liberation war Sk Quamruzzaman Tuku, 73, in an exclusive interview with BSS today, has given a depiction of mass killing and brutality by the Pakistani occupation forces and their local collaborators.
He said occupation forces dumped the bodies of freedom fighters and innocent Bangalees at several places including Forest Ghat, Customs Ghat, Bhairab River and Gallyamary after torture and killing them. Of them, Gallamary in Khulna, 3 kilometers from the main city, was found as the biggest mass grave in the area after the liberation war.
Gallamary still bears the horrendous acts of Pakistan army and their collaborators like Razakars, Albadars and Alshams in the region, he added with moist eyes.
Sukumar Biswas, a writer, in his "Ekattorer Baddhybhumi and Ganokabor" book, said "I visited several times in the Gallyamari mass grave area where I witnessed hundreds of decomposed bodies, skull and numerous skeleton, bones and jaws."
"I thundered witnessing brutality by the Pakistani army in collaboration with local collaborators," he described saying that they (Pakistani army) dumped the freedom fighters bodies at Gallyamary after killing them.
Shariar Kabir, President of Ekattorer Gatok Dalal Nirmul Committee, wrote in his "Ekattorer Dussho Smrity" book "Innumerable bodies and skull were found at Gallamary after the victory in 1971."
Quoting sculptor Ferdousi Priyobhasin, the book said numerous rotten bodies and skull were fell on paddy and jute fields and elsewhere.
Some of the bodies were dumped even three to five days before December 17, 1971, as Khulna was freed on the day.
While talking to BSS, Binoy Sarker, a veteran Freedom Fighter and chief of Batiaghata upazila Mujib Bahini (BLF) during Liberation War said "we could not forget the role of FFs Shanti Lata Saha and her dearest friend Rafi during the Liberation War."
Shanti Lata, daughter of Abinash Saha, of Damodar Saha Para village under Fultala upazila in the district organized her college friends and joined the Liberation War, Sarker said, adding that she was raped and killed by the local razakar bahini.
The brave female war hero's body was also dumped at Gallyamari, Sarkar said with grieved voice adding that she did not left her dearest mother land though her family members left Bangladesh to India.