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Kishoreganj war crimes Martyr’s son testifies against Hachen

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Staff reporter The 1971 war crimes trial against Syed Hachen Ali alias Hasan of Kishoreganj began in absentia at the International Crimes Tribunal-1 with the deposition of prosecution witnesses (PWs) on Monday. Renu Chandra Paul, now 61, son of martyred Suresh Chandra Paul of village Shimulhati in Tarail, Kishoreganj, testified against the fugitive accused as PW-1. Recollecting the incident of September 9 during the Liberation War, PW Renu told the tribunal that Hachen with trimmed beard, wearing khaki uniform and white cap on head, had marched into the village brandishing his rifle with a group of Razakar. He said that appearing at the village, Hachen had started shouting, “Capture the malauns (a derogatory term for Hindus) and kill them... none will be spared.” Hearing the threat, PW Renu said, “I entered my house and asked my parents and other family members to flee for a safe place and all except my father managed to take shelter in a nearby jungle.” He further told the tribunal that he had witnessed the scene from his hiding how his father and eleven other people were captured and later gunned down. The perpetrators had also plundered the houses in the village and later set fire to those before leaving the place, said the PW. The deposition over, the three-member tribunal, headed by Justice M Enayetur Rahim adjourned the proceedings for Tuesday. On November 11, the tribunal indicted Syed M Hachen alias Hasan Ali, now on the run, for his involvement in crimes against humanity during the 1971 Liberation War. After fulfilling the requirement of law for the trial of a fugitive accused, the tribunal on September 15 took cognisance of the charges brought against war crimes accused Hachen who has been absconding since filing of the case. According to the prosecution, the investigator has found Hachen’s involvement in some war crimes like murder, loot, arson, torture, deportation and genocide at Tarail in Kishoreganj and the proof of his collaboration with the Pakistan occupation forces as a member of its auxiliary outfit Razakar during the Liberation War in 1971.