Pomara massacre

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Pomara massacre
পোমরা হত্যাকান্ড
Pomara massacre is located in Bangladesh
Pomara massacre
Location Pomara, Chittagong District, Bangladesh
Date 14 September 1971 (UTC+6:00)
Target Bengali Hindus
Attack type
Weapons Buried alive
Deaths 13
Non-fatal injuries
Perpetrators Pakistani Army

Pomara massacre refers to the killing of unarmed Bengali Hindus of Pomara Union in Chittagong District of Bangladesh on 14 September 1971.[1][2][3] The Pakistan army buried alive 13 Bengali Hindus in the Pomra reserved forest.[1]


The Pomara Union falls under the Rangunia Upazila of Chittagong District. The mass killing site is about 50 metres from the Gochra Chaumohani railway station and 25 km from Chittagong.[2] It is situated behind the Pomara High School just beside the Pomara reserved forest.[3]


On 14 September a 50-60 strong contingent of the Pakistan army attacked Madhuram Talukdarpara, and launched a barbarous assault on the men, women, children and the elderly.[1] Eighteen villager were tied with ropes and then beaten and dragged to the army camp near the Pomra reserved forest.[2] Hundreds of villagers accompanied them to the camp to secure their release from the army officers. The eldest five of the captives were released in half dead condition. The rest were made to dig a grave where they were buried alive.[1]


Few days later local attempted to exhume the corpses, but gave up due to heavy stench. Soon the mass grave became covered with shrubs and the area became a grazing ground for the cattle. At present seasonal vegetables are cultivated at the mass killing site.[3]


  1. ^ a b c d "১৩ জনকে জীবন্ত কবর দিয়ে উল্লাস করে হানাদারেরা". Prothom Alo (in Bengali). Dhaka. 12 December 2013. Retrieved 8 August 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c "রাঙ্গুনিয়ার পোমরা ও আতাইকুলা গণকবর এখনও অরক্ষিত". Dainik Janakantha (in Bengali). Dhaka. 12 December 2011. Retrieved 8 August 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c "পোমরার গণকবরে বরবটি চাষ হয়". Samakal (in Bengali). Dhaka. 12 December 2010. Retrieved 8 August 2014. 

Coordinates: 22°28′N 92°01′E / 22.47°N 92.01°E / 22.47; 92.01

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