The liberation war affairs ministry on Sunday in a gazette notification cancelled the status of freedom fighters of 1,134 Border Guard of Bangladesh personnel and 39 members of air force and eight MODCs of the force for earning the status by placing forged documents.
The move was taken following Jatia Muktijoddha Council’s 66th meeting held on December 10 last year.
The decision was taken by a council meeting chaired by liberation war affairs minister AKM Mozammel Huque, who argued that these BGB and air force personnel were given the status on the basis of forged documents.
The meeting also decided to cancel the freedom fighter status of 33 army personnel and three Ansar members on the same ground.
‘We got the evidence that these persons were not members of the armed forces when the war of independence began in 1971,’ Mozammel told New Age on Sunday.
‘They will have to apply again with valid documents if they still wish to be enlisted as general freedom fighter,’ said the minister adding that a separate gazette would be published soon cancelling the status of the army and Ansar personnel.
Most of these personnel have already died, shows the list prepared by the JMC, on which their ranks were not mentioned.
Additionally, Mozammel claimed that the ministry’s effort to make an authentic list of the freedom fighters was under process.
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