Ansar Ahmed Ullah :: The UK Nirmul Committee and pro-liberation Bengali diaspora remembered the genocide of the dark night of 25th March, 71 in a ‘Light Vigil’ on Saturday 25th March, 6pm at Central Shahid Minar, Altab Ali Park, East London.
People who gathered in Altab Ali Park paid homage to those who lost their lives on the night of 25th when the Pakistani military launched assault on the innocent un-armed Bengalis of the then East Pakistan. In addition, the event reiterated the quest to seek justice for the victims of ’71 war & to demand the completion of trial of all war criminals including Pakistani military personnel who carried out genocide of innocent millions.
The event was conducted by Nirmul Committee’s Asst Sec Jamal Khan. It started with a minute silence and followed with a brief commemoration. Those who addressed the event were Nadeem Qadir, Minister (Press) at Bangladesh High Commission who lost his father during the war, Gita Sahgal, producer of ‘War Crimes File ‘that exposed war criminals residing in the UK, Nirmul Committee’s Vice President Ishaque Kajol, freedom fighter Abu Musa Hassan, UK Awami League’s Women Sec Meher Nigar Chowdhury, Mohila Awami League’s Chair Khaleda Qureshi & vice chair Husnera Matin, JASOD’s Mojibul Haq Moni & Redwan Khan, Nirmul Committee’s organising secretary Ruby Haq, Nirmul Committee’s treasurer Shah Mustafijur Rahman Belal, Nirmul Committee’s executive member Nilufa Yasmin, Monjuri Nasreen of Jubo Union, Gulab Ali of East London Awami League, Shayek Ahmed, Batirul Haq Shorder of Bangabandhu Writers Forum, poet Nazrul Islam, Mohila Jubo League’s Jennifer Sarwar and Munmun Kaur amongst many others.
Nirmul Committee’s vice president Ishaque Kajol brought the event to an end by saying that the genocide carried out by Pakistani military on the night of 25 March was one of the most brutal in the world. The Nirmul Committee has been commemorating the killings of innocent on the dark night of 25 March by holding annual ‘Light Vigil’ and has been demanding that 25 March be declared as ‘Genocide Day’. He welcomed the decision by Bangladesh government and congratulated PM Sheikh Hasina for officially declaring 25 March National Genocide Day.