A prosecution witness (PW) on Tuesday said the Pakistan occupation forces used to move through Tushkhali Bazar after invading Mathbaria in Pirojpur during the Liberation War in 1971.
While facing cross-examinations by defence counsel MA Hasan, the counsel for fugitive war crimes accused Engineer Jabbar, then Pakistan MNA, PW-3 Abdul Maker told the International Crimes Tribunal-1 that the word ‘maker’ has been used as suffix to his name because local people knew him as professional repairer of gadgets like radio, watch and torch light.
Denying all the defence suggestions, the PW said it was not a fact that accused Jabbar had not attended the meeting at Tushkahli High School ground on May 16, 1971 to address the public asking them to prepare a list of freedom fighters as enemies of Pakistan, incited Razakars to carry out atrocities against freedom loving people and burn down houses of Hindus after plundering in Mathbaria and its surroundings.
Septuagenarian PW Abdul Maker, who does not have any political attachment, also denied another defence suggestion that he gave the evidence against the accused being influenced by the political opponents of Engineer Jabber to achieve personal gain.
Later, PW-4 Siddiq Matabbar, who hails from village Udoytara Burirchar, testified against accused Jabbar corroborating the evidence of the other PWs over the gruesome incidents that had taken place in Mathbaria in collaboration with the anti-liberation forces like Razakar and members of the Peace Committee (collaborator) during the Liberation War.
The three-member tribunal, headed by Justice M Enayetur Rahim, adjourned the proceedings for Wednesday.
On September 7, the trial of Engineer A Jabbar began in absentia with recording of evidence of the prosecution witnesses.
The prosecution pressed five counts of war crimes charges against the former Jatiya Party MP, believed living in the USA.
After working for over 11 months, the investigation officer (IO) of the case ASP M Helal Uddin submitted the investigation report to the prosecution.
The prosecution submitted a list of 44 witnesses (PWs) to prove the charges as proposed against Jabbar.
The investigator ‘found’ Jabbar’s involvement in crimes like killing, genocide, arson, looting and forcefully converting many Hindus to Muslim in then Mathbaria thana of Pirojpur during the war. Jabbar was made chairman of local thana Peace Committee (collaborator) and he organised Razakar outfit in Mathbaria, according to an investigation report.
Octogenarian Jabbar of Khetachhira under Mathbaria was the vice-chairman of Jatiya Party. He had joined the then Muslim League through his father-in-law, Arshed Ali, who was an influential Muslim League leader.
Jabbar later joined the Jatiya Party of Gen (retd) HM Ershad and was twice elected Member of Parliament with the party tickets in 1986 and 1988.
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