ISPaD: PARTITION CENTER’S TRIBUTE TO THE VICTIMS OF
CHUKNAGAR, BANGLADESH, GENOCIDE OF MAY 20, 1971
CHUKNAGAR, THEN KHUNA, EAST PAKISTAN, NOW BANGLADESH, HINDU GENOCIDE BY THE ARMY OF THE ISLAMIC REPUBLIC OF PAKISTAN AND ITS BENGALI ISLAMIST ALLIES OF THE 1971 BANGLADESH GENOCIDE
Sachi G. Dastidar
Memorial at Chuknagar
In 1971 as the Army of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan and its Islamist Bengali allies were committing a Bengali Genocide, Bengali-Hindu Genocide, and Extermination of Secular Muslims, one of the large scale killings/genocide of poor, oppressed, rural Hindus took place in Chuknagar village in Khulna district of southwest East Pakistan, now Bangladesh. People, mostly peasants, were fleeing mass killings of indigenous Hindu minority to India vis its nearby Kaliganj border crossing. But, first the fleeing residents had to cross the Bhadra River. As tens of thousands of Bengalis waited to cross Bhadra River for India border, this particular massacre took place on May 20, 1971. They were trapped the killers. Chuknagar is located in the world’s largest Ganga-Brahmaputra delta. There was hardly any place for people to flee as the massacre began. Most people estimate at least 10,000 people were killed and dumped into the river, as Pakistan Army and it Bengali Islamist supporters did throughout the deltaic nation. One firsthand witnessed of such dumping of Hindu bodies in river was Dr. Thomas Dulu Roy as he told to this writer/interviewer which can be found on ispad1947 channel of YouTube, but at a different river crossing. There are others who believe the number of people killed may be two or three times higher. One young girl who fled through Chuknagar to the Indian border was Priya Saha. Her interview almost 50 years later is available on ispad1947 channel of YouTube.
Sadly, there are many defenders of genocide. No one has been prosecuted for this crime. Not a single Muslim-majority nation condemned this and other 1971 killings, and asked for prosecution of the killers. Some Western and Islamic nations gave asylum to many of these killers. Request by Bangladesh for repatriation of killers have been denied. Even U.S. Nixon-Kissinger Administration supported the genocide and sent U.S. 5th Fleet to the Bay of Bengal to prevent Indian Government of Mrs. Indira Gandhi to help liberate Bangladesh from Islamic Republic of Pakistan’s genocide.
May 20, 2022 Commemoration in Washington D.C. led by Human Rights Committee for Bangladesh Minorities
Mr. Tanveer Mokammel, a
noted human rights activist, movie and documentary film maker has saved many of
the historical documents of our oppression, including Chuknagar genocide. Here
is the link to his documentary:
This is Mokammel’s on May 20, 2022 commemoration, with others, of the genocide, at Chuknagar.
Chuknagar genocide is available at many sources. Here are sample remembrances:
Book: Muntasir Mamoon, Bangladesh
Tweet: by noted author, human rights activist, and politician, Hon. Tathagata Roy:
Tweet May 22, 2022
Shake it, by all means; take all lawful steps to bring the guilty to book. Today is ALSO the anniversary of the MASS MURDER OF 10,000 HINDUS at Chuknagar,Distt Khulna,now Bangladesh, by the Pakistani Army and Bengali Muslim Razakars on 20 May,1971. Shed a few tears for them, too!
Tweet: Stories of Bengali
Hindus (@storiesofBHs) Tweeted:
Chuknagar Massacre of 20 May 1971 is one the most horrific massacres committed against Bengali Hindus. About 10,000 of them, unarmed, were killed by Pak Army when they were on their way to take refuge in India. It was the biggest single massacre of 1971 & Hindus in modern history https://nam12.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Ft.co%2F1if6wNYst2&data=04%7C01%7Cdastidars%40oldwestbury.edu%7C1f8b1051eac2420ca91108da1b5679eb%7Cf5089034f2334f12a71638b7f4904370%7C0%7C0%7C637852355475625834%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C3000&sdata=nOVysXyRa5Q95E%2BNoD2VHdxHUHR6Y6Bo7TmWuliCwMM%3D&reserved=0
Tweet: Adelle Nazarian
Today marks 51 years since the #ChuknagarMassacre took place in Bangladesh which allegedly left 10,000 dead. Bengali Hindus were the main targets. Remembering history is one of the best ways to prevent it from repeating itself.
Daily Star of Dhaka: https://www.thedailystar.net/news/news/chuknagar-sea-blood-3027756 May 22, 2022
Kesabpur War Museum: https://www.top-rated.online/cities/Kesabpur/place/p/5976225/Chuknagar+killing
A 2020 Newspaper Report:
Chuknagar Genocide: Remembering the massacre of 10,000 unarmed people
· Published at 05:40 pm May 20th, 2020
The Chuknagar Memorial, which was built in memory of victims of Chuknagar massacres in Dumuria of Khulna Dhaka Tribune
We are still seeking justice for our missing families!!