A prosecution witness on Monday said Pakistan occupation army after getting signal from Motiur Rahman Nizami, then president of Islami Chhatra Sangha (ICS), gunned down two young men dragging them from hideout behind a tamarind tree beside Sathia road on April 28 in 1971.
“I had seen the dreadful army operation keeping me hidden in a nearby bush,” recalled M Abu Sama Fakir, while testifying as PW-19 against accused Nizami, now ameer of Jamaat-e-Islami, before the International Crimes Tribunal-1.
“As the army-laden vehicle carrying Nizami and a few Bangalees had left the scene, I came out from the hideout, rushed to the spot and found blood-stained bullet-riddled bodies of Habibur Rahman and Akkas,” said Fakir, now 71.
Corroborating the evidence of another PW Jamal Uddin, Fakir said that on May 8, 1971 the occupation army along with Razakar and Al Badr, led by Nizami, had carried out another horrifying operation at the house of Megha Thakur at village Karamja and killed nine unarmed innocent people. The perpetrators had also torched the house and raped daughter and daughter-in-law of Megha Thakur, a landlord, he added.
Before concluding his deposition, PW Fakir identified accused Nizami in the dock.
The tribunal adjourned the cross-examination of the PW for September 8 following a defence time plea.
The three-member tribunal, headed by Justice ATM Fazle Kabir, however, asked the jail authorities not to produce accused Nizami in any other court without its prior permission till September 13 in order to continue its proceedings uninterrupted.
The Jamaat chief is being tried on charges of involvement in murders and torture of unarmed people along with hatching conspiracy, planning, incitement and complicity to commit genocide and crimes against humanity during the 1971 Liberation War in collaboration with the Pakistan occupation army.
Also the president of Islami Chhatra Sangha (ICS), the student wing of Jamaat-e-Islami in 1971, Nizami faces 16 counts of charges based on 16 separate incidents of crimes against humanity, in which at least 600 unarmed people were killed and 31 women raped during the Liberation War.
On December 11, 2011, the prosecution submitted the formal charge against Nizami before the tribunal.
On January 9, 2012, the tribunal took cognizance of the formal charge against Nizami for facing the trial of crimes against humanity during the country’s Liberation War.
On May 28, 2012, the tribunal indicted the Jamaat ameer for committing the 1971 crimes against humanity.
Nizami, detained in connection with other criminal case, was shown arrested on August 2, 2010, in connection with the war crimes case.