The government has published a partial list of freedom fighters keeping a provision for further inclusion and exclusion of names in the list following further investigation.
A total of 1,47,537 freedom fighters were enlisted in the list.
A separate partial list of martyred intellectuals bearing 191 names was also published on Thursday by the liberation war affairs ministry.
LWA minister AKM Mozammel Huq told the press in his office that the complete list would be published on June 30 after the completion of field-level verifications of 35,797 enlisted freedom fighters and dissolving review petitions of over one lakh fresh applications.
The verifications of 35,797 freedom fighters, who were enlisted between 2004 and 2009 bypassing the provision of Jatiya Muktijoddha Council Act, will be finished by April 30 and the screening of fresh applications will be completed by June, Mozammel said.
The minister claimed that they published only the names that comply with the definition of freedom fighters laid down in Bangladesh Freedom Fighters’ Welfare Trust Act 2018 and were included in lists freedom fighters, who took training in India and who were in the list of freedom fighters published in Lal Muktibarta.
He said that the published list included names of the killers of founding president Sheikh Mijib but at the same time crimes that Khandokar Mushtaq Ahmed, Shariful Huq Dalim, Nur Chowdhury, Rashed Chowdhury, Mosleh Uddin committed would be mentioned beside their names.
‘We cannot deny their participation in the war,’ Mozammel said.
He added that they published names of 191 martyred intellectuals who got the state recognitions in 1972.
‘A committee was working to include more names,’ Mozammel said.
Valiant freedom fighters, however, expressed frustration for not getting a complete list of freedom fighters even 50 years after the independence.
They said that it was not acceptable that the minister failed to meet his commitments that he made on several occasions since the beginning of the screening of 1.5 lakh fresh applications for enlistment as freedom fighters in 2017.
‘He may blame officials for the failure but the problem arose for not being able to develop an effective screening system and for making frequent changes in the method,’ said Sector3 sub-sector commander and retired major general Helal Morshed Khan, Bir Bikram.
As a result aggrieved people filed so many cases with the courts and thousands of review petitions to the government, said Helal, also the immediate past chairman of the Bangladesh Muktijoddha Sangsad.
Jatiya Muktijoddha Council officials said only 294 of 470 committees had so far submitted their reports after completing primary screening.
After 294 committees submitted their reports, about 37,200 aggrieved people submitted review petitions challenging the decisions of the committees and filed over 1,183 cases with the courts.
Deputy commissioners and UNOs were working on to solve the mismatch in information of about 10,000 freedom fighters whose names were dropped while digitising the management information system, liberation war affairs ministry officials said.
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