Kazi Aref Ahmed

Kazi Aref Ahmed (Bengali: কাজী আরেফ আহমেদ) was the President of Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal and one of the organizers of Bangladesh Liberation war.[1]

Kazi Aref Ahmed
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Member of Parliament
Personal details
Political partyJatiya Samajtantrik Dal

Early lifeEdit

Ahmed was born in 1948.[2]

CareerEdit

Ahmed was a founding member of the Swadhin Bangla Biplobi Parishad along with Serajul Alam Khan in the 1960s. They wanted Bangladesh to become an independent country and joined Awami League to work towards that goal. He served as the president of Dhaka unit of Chatra league.[2] On 2 March 1971, he along with other student leaders raised the flag of independent Bangladesh in Dhaka University.[3] He fought in the Bangladesh Liberation war and served as a commander.[4]

Ahmed was one of the founders and organizers of Nirmul Committee which demanded a war crimes tribunal for war crimes committed during Bangladesh Liberation war.[5] He served as the President of Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal.[6]

DeathEdit

Ahmed was attending a rally of Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal on 16 February 1999 in Kalidaspur Government Primary School, Kalidaspur, Daulatpur Upazila, Kushtia District. The rally was attacked by Purbo Banglar Communist Party, who killed Ahmed and four other politicians of Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal. On 30 August 2004, 10 people were sentenced to death and 12 were sentenced to life-imprisonment. In 2016, three of the convicts were hanged.[7][8]

 
Grave of Ahmed in Martyred Intellectuals Graveyard, Mirpur

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Kazi Aref remembered". The Daily Star. 18 February 2013. Retrieved 25 November 2019.
  2. ^ a b Selections from Regional Press. Institute of Regional Studies. 1999. p. 43. Retrieved 25 November 2019.
  3. ^ Bangladesh Quarterly. Department of Films & Publications, Government of Bangladesh. 1998. p. 12.
  4. ^ Wahab, A. T. M. Abdul (2004). Mukti Bahini wins victory: Pak military oligarchy divides Pakistan in 1971. Columbia Prokashani. p. 168. ISBN 978-984-713-044-6.
  5. ^ Mukul, Kazi (2004). Pictorial history of Nirmul Committee's movement. Committee for Resisting Killers & Col[l]aborators of Bangladesh Liberation War of '71. p. 7.
  6. ^ "Kazi Aref's anniversary of death today". The Daily Star. 16 February 2012. Retrieved 25 November 2019.
  7. ^ "Kazi Aref murder: 3 killers hanged". The Daily Star. 8 January 2016. Retrieved 25 November 2019.
  8. ^ "Convicted killers of Kazi Aref, 4 others still absconding". The Daily Star. 16 February 2008. Retrieved 25 November 2019.