Hasamdia massacre

Coordinates: 23°23′N 89°44′E / 23.39°N 89.74°E / 23.39; 89.74
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Hasamdia massacre
হাসামদিয়া গণহত্যা
Hasamdia massacre is located in Bangladesh
Hasamdia massacre
LocationBoalmari, Faridpur, East Pakistan
Date16 May 1971 (UTC+6:00)
TargetBengali Hindus
WeaponsLight machine guns, semi-automatic rifles
PerpetratorsPakistan Army, Razakars

Hasamdia massacre (Bengali: হাসামদিয়া গণহত্যা) was the massacre of 33 unarmed Bengali Hindus in the Hasamdia village and nearby areas of the Faridpur District of East Pakistan on 16 May 1971 by the Pakistan Armed Forces.[1][2] 33 persons were killed in the massacre.[3] On 21 January 2013, the International Crimes Tribunal adjudged Abul Kalam Azad guilty of genocide for his involvement in the massacre and sentenced to death.[4]


Hasamdia village falls under Chatul Union of Boalmari Upazila in Faridpur District. It is located six kilometers to the east of Boalmari railway station. In 1971, Hasamdia and the nearby villages of Moyendia, Rajapur, Srinagar, Poail and Ramnagar had some Hindu population.


On 16 May 1971, a contingent of the Pakistan Armed Forces led Major Newaz arrived at the Boalmari railway station from Jessore cantonment. They raided the ancestral residence of Shah Mohammad Abu Zafar. Zafar was the leader of Mujib Bahini and the organizer of liberation struggle in the area, but he was not there at the moment. After failing to get hold of Zafar, the military in collaboration with Abul Kalam Azad raided the Hindu houses in Hasamdia, Rajapur, Ramnagar, Poail, Srinagar and Moyendia villages and rounded up 33 persons including 32 Bengali Hindus.[5] The captives were taken to the Ramnagar village where they were executed. They also set fire to the Hasamdia market.


After the liberation of Bangladesh, the victim's next to kin were compensated with BDT 2,000 each. However, the victims were not officially recognized by the state. In 2013, a memorial has been built in memory of the victims at the Shah Zafar Technical College.


  1. ^ বোয়ালমারীর হাসামদিয়া গণহত্যা দিবস আজ. The Daily Ittefaq (in Bengali). Dhaka. 16 May 2014. Retrieved 14 August 2014.
  2. ^ আজ ১৬ মে বোয়ালমারীর হাসামদিয়া গণহত্যা দিবস, হত্যা করা হয় ৩৩ জনকে [16 May Boalmari hasamadiya Day Massacre, killing 33 people]. Bhorer Barta (in Bengali). Dhaka. 16 May 2014. Retrieved 14 August 2014.
  3. ^ হাসামদিয়া ইহিতাসের নৃশংস গণহত্যা চালায় হানাদার বাহিনী. dhakatimes24.com (in Bengali). 16 May 2014. Retrieved 14 August 2014.
  4. ^ "Summary of ICT verdict in Abul Kalam Azad Case". The Daily Star. Dhaka. 22 January 2013. Retrieved 9 December 2014.
  5. ^ Sohel, Kamruzzaman (16 May 2013). বোয়ালমারী গণহত্যা দিবস আজ- ৪২ বছরেও শহীদের স্বীকৃতি মেলেনি নিহতদের. Daily Faridpur Kantho (in Bengali). Archived from the original on 9 December 2014. Retrieved 9 December 2014.
23°23′N 89°44′E / 23.39°N 89.74°E / 23.39; 89.74