DHAKA, Dec 21(BSS)- The forth witness Sultan Ahmed Howlader today in his deposition categorically alleged that Jamaat-e- Islami leader Delwar Hossain Sayeedi along with his associates received the Pakistan army on May 7,1971 in Pirojpur.
"The same day Sayeedi and his followers jointly looted at least 35 houses and shops at Pararhat bazaar under Pirojpur district, which were owned specially by the members Hindu community and the supporters of Awami League," Howlader stated.
"The following day Sayeedi and his associates set fire to the houses of Manik Pasari, Nazrul Islam Khan, Raisuddin Pasari and Shaheed Uddin Pasari," Howlader said in his deposition.
The depositions as well as the cross-examinations of the witnesses are being recorded before the three- member International Crimes Tribunal (ICT) headed by Justice Nizamul Haque.
Sayeedi is the first accused, whose trial is being initiated by recording the depositions and the cross- examinations of the witnesses for committing crimes against humanity during the country's War of Liberation in 1971.
Howlader, the forth witness in the case also stated that Sayeedi and one of his associates Moshleuddin regularly raped Bhanu Saha, daughter of Bipad Saha of Pararhat area under Pirojpur district.
"Sayeedi compelled the father and brother of Bhanu Saha to be converted into Muslim and also forced them to take part in the prayer (namaz) in the mosque.
The tribunal adjourned its proceedings till tomorrow granting the prayer of Sayeedi's counsel saying his client was feeling sick.
Sayeedi was arrested on June 29 last year from his Dhaka residence.
The investigation agency submitted reports before the tribunal on July 11 and the tribunal took into cognizance 20 specific charges against Sayeedi on July 14.
Recording of the depositions of the witnesses was initiated since December 7.