Updated Aug 11, 2017 08:34pm

Bodies of Muslims would be thrown off trains into the river, recalls a Partition survivor

Remembering 70 years of Pakistan: CAP's recording of Syed Maqsood Hussain tells of Muslims' tragic fate aboard trains. — AP Photo/File
Remembering 70 years of Pakistan: CAP's recording of Syed Maqsood Hussain tells of Muslims' tragic fate aboard trains. — AP Photo/File

Partition is not only synonymous with celebration, but also massacre and bloodshed.

Syed Maqsood Hussain, a Partition survivor, shares his experience of witnessing the harrowing mass murder that took take place aboard trains carrying Muslims.

"When the trains would reach Agra, thousands of Muslims would gather around the river. The trains would throw out bodies of Muslims into the river," he said.

"The trains would then be washed, they would go back, pick up more Muslims on the way and they would be massacred again."

Hussain recalls burying the dead bodies in good condition, while releasing some in the river. "I have seen the water turn red."


This article is part of a week-long series on Partition and the early years of Pakistan, run collaboratively by Images and The Citizens Archive of Pakistan (CAP).

CAP is a non-profit organization dedicated to cultural and historic preservation. It seeks to educate the community, foster an awareness of our nation’s history and instill pride in Pakistani citizens about their heritage.

Email


Your Name:


Recipient Email: