The military action under 'Operation Searchlight', undertaken on 25-26
March, the raid on Dhaka University by the newly arrived governor General Tikka Khan, was condemned by Lt. Gen. A. A. K. Niazi.
In another evidence of a difference of opinion within the army about the execution of this operation, Nazrul Islam, then a student at the Art College, has written about how a group of soldiers shot him and two others in their hostel next to the EPR camp on 26 March, only to be followed by a second group of
soldiers who expressed shock that they had been shot, gave them water and
encouraged the two of them still alive to seek help and live.
"One thing is clear - the atrocities did not just go one
way, though Bengali Muslims and Hindus were certainly the main
victims." Many of the Bengali Muslim and Hindu victims are also found
to have suffered at the hands of other Bengalis. (Sisson & Rose)
Based on in-depth case studies of several specific incidents of
violence in 1971, this paper presents a systematic analysis of the context
and nature of violence in that conflict. The analysis uses data collected
during 2003-2005 in Pakistan and Bangladesh from site visits, interviews
with survivors, eye-witnesses and participants, and related material such
as images and memoirs (many in the Bengali language). The case studies are
from different districts, different moments of the time-line of the
conflict, and involve different groups of perpetrators and victims. They
are drawn from my ongoing project '1971: Images, Memory, Reconciliation',
and provide the basis for an analytical approach that challenges both the
silence and the unsubstantiated rhetoric that have obscured the study of
the conflict of 1971 to date.
"It speaks volumes for the discipline of the West Pakistan army," wrote
Mascarenhas, "that its officers were able to keep the soldiers in check
during what was to them a nightmare of 25 days."
 Shil in Haider, ed. (1996). http://www.drishtipat.org/1971/sarmila_paper.html