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12:00 AM, December 02, 2020 / LAST MODIFIED: 03:03 AM, December 02, 2020

Human remains found in Rangpur well

Locals say Pakistan army dumped bodies there during 1971 Liberation War

The people of Rangpur had witnessed the Pakistani armies brutally killing their loved ones. They saw their houses burning down before their own eyes. And evidence of such atrocities during the Liberation War is gradually piling up.  

Human remains were found in a well near Town Hall at Rangpur city on Monday, in what is presumed to be bodies dumped by Pakistan army after torturing them during theLiberation War.

There is a mass graveyard beside the well.

According to locals, Pakistani occupation army and their aides used the Town Hall as a torture cell during the war.

Local administration started constructing a memorial on war at the site on November 16. The workers started digging the well on Monday, and after digging around seven feet deep, they found the remains.

As the news circulated in the city, many gathered there to see the remains.

Among the visitors, Dr Mafijul Islam -- president of Ekattorer Ghatak Dalal Nirmul Committee, Rangpur chapter -- said it is now evident that Pakistanis used the town hall as a torture cell and the bodies were dumped in the well.

"Pakistani army caught many unarmed people from different places of Rangpur and tortured them to death there. They raped many girls," he said.

More remains could be found there, he added.

Rezaul Karim, a local journalist, urged to preserve the remains. Comrade Shahdat Hossain, a freedom fighter in Rangpur, also urged the government to take steps to preserve them.

Construction work of the memorial will end next year.

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