Ishangopalpur massacre

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Ishangopalpur massacre
ঈশাণগোপালপুর হত্যাকান্ড
Ishangopalpur massacre is located in Bangladesh
Ishangopalpur massacre
LocationIshangopalpur, Faridpur, East Pakistan
Date2 May 1971 (UTC+6:00)
TargetBengali Hindus
WeaponsLight machine guns, semi-automatic rifles
Deaths28
PerpetratorsPakistan Army, Razakars

Ishangopalpur massacre (Bengali: ঈশাণগোপালপুর হত্যাকান্ড) refers to the massacre of Bengali Hindus in Ishangopalpur village, in the outskirts of Faridpur on 2 May 1971.[1][2][3] The Pakistan army shot and bayoneted 28 Bengali Hindus to death.[4]

Background[edit]

On 25 March 1971, the Pakistan army launched Operation Searchlight in East Pakistan. They targeted the Hindus as a community for extermination. After few weeks, they arrived at Faridpur and set up an army base. In the meanwhile, the Hindus of the locality had begun to flee. Around 60 Bengali Hindu families from Faridpur took shelter in Ishangopalpur, a village located six to seven kilometers from the town. The house of erstwhile Hindu landlord Late Ishan Sarkar was located in the village.[3] His grandson Lakshman Sen was staying at the house at that time. After 21 April, NAP leader Chittaranjan Ghosh, his elder brother Jagadish Chandra Ghosh along with a few influential persons from the Bengali Hindu community took shelter in the house.[1] Some of them began to train themselves to fight the Pakistan army.[3]

Killings[edit]

On 2 May, the local collaborators led a contingent of the Pakistani army towards the village. They parked their vehicle at the Lakshmi Daser Hat and proceeded to the house of Ishan Sarkar. As the residents attempted to flee, they were caught at gunpoint. 29 inmates of the house were rounded up and led them to the banks of a small water body nearby.[5] They were kicked, punched and bayoneted. Then the male members were killed one by one in front of their wives and children.[1] Before leaving the place, the Pakistan army warned in Urdu that no freedom fighter or Hindus would be spared.[2] One person survived after escaping with a bullet wound.[5] The dead were buried beside the pond.[1]

Aftermath[edit]

After the independence of Bangladesh, the mass killing site remained as it is. In 2010, the family members of the victims erected a memorial at the mass killing site.[4][2] On 2 May, the victims were commemorated and verses from the Gita were recited for the peace of the departed souls.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Khan, Abu Saeed (2013). মুক্তিযুদ্ধে ফরিদপুর (in Bengali). Dhaka: Sahitya Bikash. p. 151. ISBN 9848320857.
  2. ^ a b c "28 innocent people were killed by Pak army on May 2 in Faridpur". Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha. 2 May 2014. Retrieved 3 February 2015.
  3. ^ a b c "আজ ২ মে ঈশান গোপালপুর গনহত্যা দিবস, এদিন পাক বাহিনী নির্মমভাবে হত্যা করে ২৮ জনকে". Dainik Faridpur Kantho (in Bengali). Faridpur. 1 May 2013. Archived from the original on 5 August 2014. Retrieved 30 July 2014.
  4. ^ a b c "ঈশানগোপালপুর গণসমাধিতে ২৮ শহীদদের প্রতি শ্রদ্ধাঞ্জলি". deshtimes24.com (in Bengali). 2 May 2014. Retrieved 30 July 2014.
  5. ^ a b "ফরিদপুর গণহত্যা দিবস আজ". Jai Jai Din (in Bengali). Location. Retrieved 30 July 2014.

Coordinates: 23°38′10″N 89°46′44″E / 23.636°N 89.779°E / 23.636; 89.779