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India should support Bangladesh war trial: Sangma
Correspondent SHILLONG, JUN 27:
Published on 27 Jun. 2010 11:16 PM IST
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Former Lok Sabha Speaker and veteran NCP leader, Purno A Sangma Sunday said India should support Bangladesh in its effort on trial of war criminals.
“Bangladesh has started their trial of war criminals and we (India) should extend all support to them Bangladesh in their effort to investigate and prosecute crimes against humanity during the 1971 liberation war against Pakistan,” Sangma told Nagaland Post
Sangma said that he would also meet Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and urge upon him to extend the support to Bangladesh. “Such trial will discourage the culture of impunity and prevent recurrence of genocides and war crimes,” the veteran political leader added.
Sangma, who led an Indian-delegation to Dhaka, attended an international seminar on war crimes trial. The seminar was attended by 45 delegates from United States of America, United Kingdom, Russia, Pakistan, Netherlands, Nepal and Iran among others.
The Dhaka declaration draft, which was adopted at the seminar, declared that crimes committed by the Pakistan army during the Bangladesh liberation War were “worst genocide” after the world war 11.
“We (delegates at seminar) have decided to urge upon their respective government to recognize the genocide committed during the Bangladesh liberation war,” Sangma said.
That apart, he said the Dhaka declaration draft declared that countries affected by terrorism and religious extremism to encourage civil societies to build a domestic and regional secular humanist network to address the threats of fundamentalism, communalism and terrorism.
Dhaka says three million people perished during the nine-month struggle that culminated in freedom when the Pakistan Army surrendered to a joint force of Bangladesh and India Dec 16, 1971.
Besides the army personnel, the killings were allegedly carried out by Islamist militia called Razakars.
While many fled to Pakistan and others have died, Dhaka plans to try an estimated 1,500 people against whom freedom fighters and NGOs have given evidence.

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