SC stays HC order to recognise guerilla force members as FFs

Staff Correspondent | Published: 12:43, Oct 09,2016

 
 
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The Appellate Division on Sunday stayed till October 30 a High Court directive to recognise 2,367 members of the guerilla force as freedom fighters.

The guerilla force members participated in the Liberation War of Bangladesh in 1971.

Appellate Division chamber judge Justice Hasan Foyez Siddique passed the order in response to the appeal of the ministry of liberation war affairs. A full-court hearing on the appeal would be held on October 30, he said.

A High Court bench of Justice Gobinda Chandra Tagore and Justice Abu Taher Md Saifur Rahman on September 8 had declared the government order that denied the status of freedom fighters to them.

On October 29, 2014, the Liberation War Affairs Ministry cancelled the list of 2,367 members of guerilla force as freedom fighters.

NAP leader Pankaj Bhattacharya, deputy commander of the guerilla force, filed the writ petition challenging legality of the cancellation in 2014.

Pankaj Bhattacharya in his petition said a special guerilla force had been formed with the leaders and activists of National Awami Party (NAP), Communist Party of Bangladesh and Bangladesh Chhatra Union after Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman declared the independence of the country on March 26, 1971.

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