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Bangladesh govt publishes list of Pakistan collaborators during 1971 Liberation War

The collaborators known as Razakars colluded with the Pakistan army to engage in rape, murder and looting of Bangladeshi people who were fighting the liberation war.

Razakar was a militia force formed by the Pakistan military through an ordinance promulgated in 1971 to help the army suppress any rebellion in the country.Announcing the list in Dhaka on Sunday, Minister of Liberation War Affairs  AKM Mozammel Huq said that the names would be published on the government website soon.

He said the list of other anti-liberation war organisations like Al-Badr and Al Shams will be released later.The process for preparation of the list of Razakars was started in May this year based on the recommendation of the parliamentary standing committee of the ministry.

In 1972, the first government of Bangladesh under Sheikh Mujibur Rahman had enacted a law to identify and prosecute the collaborators of Pakistan.

Based on this 37000 people were arrested as war criminals but 26,000 of them facing non-heinous charges were later released under a general amnesty given by the Sheikh Mujib government.

After the assassination of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in 1975, the act was repealed by the military government and 11,000 Razakars accused of heinous crimes like rape and murder were freed.
 

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