The High Court on Sunday issued a rule questioning the government's inactivity in identifying the armed protesters of August 15 killing of Bangabandhu and his family to acknowledge and rehabilitate them.
The court asked why the inactivity of the concerned authority will not be announced illegal and questioned why a high level commission should not be formed to acknowledge and rehabilitate the resistance fighters of August 15.
The bench of Justice Md KLhasruzzaman,and Justice Md Iqbal Kabir issued the rule during a hearing on a writ petition filed in this regard.
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The court has asked the law secretary, home affairs secretary, liberation war affairs secretary , social welfare secretary, and cultural secretary to respond to the rule within four weeks.
Advocate Md Bakir Uddin Bhuiyan along with advocate Md Abu Hanif represented the petitioner while Deputy Attorney General Bipul Bagmar appeared for the state.
Advocate Md Bakir Uddin said, after the brutal killing of Bangabandhu and his family members on August 15, 1975, a horrifying situation arose in the country as the then military government banned all kind of rally, meetings.
But on that day protests were held against the killing in Mohanganj, Kishoreganj, Narsingdi, Khulna, Jessore, Faridganj in Chandpur and Gafargaon in Mymensingh.
Later two armed resistance forces were formed under the leadership of freedom fighter Abdul Kader Siddique ‘Jatiya mukti Bahini’ and ‘ Jatiya Mujib Bahini’ led by Chittagong's freedom fighter ABM Mohiuddin Chowdhury,.
Then thousands of Bangabandhu devotees, students, young people, joined the forces and engaged in armed rebellion against the ruling government.
But in 1977, when Indian 'National Front Government' led by Morarji Desai handed over the members of Jatiya Mukti Bahini and Jatiya Mujib Bahini to BDR in Bangladesh, their lives came down to extreme hardship, imprisonment, oppression and torture.
On August 1, a petition was filed in the High Court seeking directions for identifying the armed protesters and giving them national recognition and rehabilitation.
Anis Khondkar of Netrokona, Saidul Qadir, Yusuf Ali of Sunamganj, Parimal Sarkar and Swapan Chand of Gazipur filed this writ at the High Court.