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Eminent historian Prof Dr Muntasir Mamun speaks at a mass hunger strike on the Chittagong Press Club premises in the port city yesterday. Ekattorer Baddhyabhumi Smriti Sangrakkhon O Bastobayan Parishad organised the programme.Photo: STAR
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Speakers at a protest programme yesterday called on the pro-liberation forces to unite in order to protect Liberation War mass graves across the country from illegal encroachment.

If the pro-liberation forces become united, no evil forces would be able to wipe out the memories of the liberation war by encroaching on the mass graves, they said during a hunger strike on Chittagong Press Club premises.

Ekattorer Baddhyabhumi Smriti Sangrakkhon O Bastobayan Parishad, a forum dedicated to preserving the Liberation War killing fields, staged the mass hunger strike to protest the construction of a building of a private university on the Pahartali Baddhyabhumi, one of the largest mass killing fields in the port city.

Parishad coordinator Prof Dr Gazi Salehuddin presided over the programme that started at 11:00am.

Eminent historian Prof Dr Muntasir Mamun called on the local people to join the movement alongside politicians and freedom fighters to protect the killing fields.

The people who fell victim to the barbaric attacks by the Pakistani army and their local collaborators during the liberation war cannot forget the memories of the war, he said, adding that their active involvement would help make the movement a success.

The speakers also demanded immediate steps to preserve all the mass graves, including Pahartali Baddhyabhumi.

Awami League leaders Moslem Uddin Ahmad and MA Salam, Workers Party leader Amrita Barua, CPB leader Mrinal Chowdhury, Prof Helal Nizami, Chittagong Press Club Secretary Ejaz Eusoofi, Engineer Delwar Mazumder, Prof Hossain Kabir and woman leader Chemon Ara also spoke.

Activists from different political parries and cultural organisations such as Projonma 71, Gono Sanghati, Bangladesh Chhatra Union, Gonotantri Party, Udichi and Rabindra Sangeet Sammilan Parishad joined the huger strike.

Activists of Bigyan Pathagar (science library) also formed a human chain at the venue while members of Samageet, a cultural organisation, rendered songs.

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