On 11 April 1971, Yahya appointed his loyal general Tikka Khan as the Governor General and the Chief Martial Law administrator of Bangladesh and as such he was the highest authority on both civil and military administrations. The Pakistani military junta was confident about Tikka's ability in violent repression of Bangalee nationalist movement. Tikka Khan proved his ability as a formidable machine for massacre by killing thousands of Bangalees on 25 March, 1971. Tikka unleashed such a terrible reign of terror that even the blockheaded General Niazi, a soldier himself, was critical of his Tikka's ruthless massacre of the unarmed civilians of Bangladesh:
"General Tikka let loose every thing at his disposal as if raiding an enemy and not dealing with his own misguided and misled people. The military action was a display of stark cruelty, more merciless than the massacre at Bakhura and Baghdad by Changez Khan and Halaku Khan and at Jalianwala Bagh by British General Dyer"
" ....On the night (25 March, 1971) Tikka Khan ordered for action, 50, 000 people were killed".
Niazi: Betrayal of East Pakistan
Brigadier Shah Abdul Quasim on the massacre of 25th March: "no pitched battle was fought on the 25th of March in Dhaka. Excessive force was used on that night. Army personnel acted under the influence of revenge and anger during the military operation.... mortars were used to blast two Residence Halls, thus causing excessive casualties."
Massacre in Comilla Cantonment: On 27th/28th of March, 1971) under the orders of CO 53 Field Regiment, Lt. Gen. Yakub Malik, 17 Bangalee officers and 915 men were slain. There was a general feeling of hatred against Bangalees amongst the soldiers and officers including Generals of Pakistan army. There were verbal instructions to eliminate Hindus. In Salda Nadi area about 500 persons were killed.
Excerpts from the book written by Mohammad Ashraf, Additional Deputy Commissioner, Dhaka in 1971, : "after the military action the Bangalees were made aliens in their own homeland. The life, property, and honor of even the most highly placed among them were not safe. People were picked up from their homes on suspicion and dispatched to Bangladesh, a term used to describe summary executions. .... The victims included Army and Police Officers, businessmen, civilian officers etc. ......There was no Rule of Law in East Pakistan. A man had no remedy if he was on the wanted list of the army.... Army officers who were doing intelligence were raw hands, ignorant of the local language and callous of Bangalee sensibilities."
Courtesy : Muktodhara