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Ghulam Azam's 'symbolic trial', the day the public court sat

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32 years ago on this day, public court was established in Suhrawardy Udyan in Dhaka. On March 26, 1992, the then top leader of Jamaat-e-Islami, Ghulam Azam, accused of war crimes and crimes against humanity during the liberation war, was given a symbolic trial in that people's court.

The glorious Independence Day was chosen for this trial. Till then there was no organized movement against war criminals. The issue of trial on war crime charges came to the fore from that people's court under the leadership of Martyr Janani Jahanara Imam.

The BNP government in power at that time was not in favor of the People's Court. Section 144 was issued prohibiting any gathering in Dhaka. Thousands of people gathered in Dhaka's Suhrawardy Udyan, ignoring the ban and police barriers on the way; The public court was sitting.

This movement to try symbolic war crimes in mass courts did not happen suddenly. Some eminent citizens and freedom fighters under the leadership of Martyr Janani Jahanara Imam took the initiative. But various political parties and socio-cultural organizations were actively behind it, apart from the then rulers. The background to such a big movement was also created then.

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