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POST TIME: 9 December, 2019 08:45:14 PM
Narail, Mymensingh freed on this day
OUR CORRESPONDENT, Narail, Mymensingh

Narail, Mymensingh freed on this day

Muktijuddha Smiriti Soudha, a liberation war memorial at Mymensingh town. INDEPENDENT PHOTO

Valiant freedom fighters on this day of 1971 freed Mymensingh and Narail districts from the occupation of Pakistani military forces.

Our Narail correspondent reports: Narail was freed from the clutches of Pakistan occupation army on the day, December 10, 1971. The valiant freedom fighters of Narail along with the freedom loving common people and without participation of allied forces were able to free Narail completely.

Bangladesh muktijoddha sangsad, district administration, chitra theatre, sammilita sangskritik Jot and different socio- cultural organisations have undertaken different programmes to observe the day in a befitting manner with much festivity, enthusiasm, pride and patriotic fervour. Freedom fighter Sharif Humayun Kabir informed, Freedom Fighters of Narail fought under sector no. 8 and the sector commander was Major Monjur.

The Pakistani army first entered Narail town on April 13 and on the same day Narail Subdivision Peace Committee was formed headed by Moulana Solaiman Mollah as president. On July 20, 1971 Pak Army with the help of Razakars buried 8 persons alive in the Water Development Board office premises.

The freedom fighters of Lohagara and Kalia thana joined with the freedom fighters of Narail sadar thana on December 9 and took shelter at the outskirts of Narail town and started attacking the opposition forces at night. The Pak army took shelter at Water Development Board Dakbunglow. They were called to surrender in a loud speaker from outside the Dakbunglow. At last finding no way to escape, in the morning of December 10 Pak Army commander Lieutenant Balus Kala Khan along with 200 army men surrendered to freedom fighters and Narail was freed.

Our Mymensingh correspondent reports: District administration, muktijoddha sangshad, victory day celebration committee and different socio-cultural organisations of the district have undertaken elaborate programmes at ‘Mukta Mancha’ marking the day with the spirit of the Liberation War.

The Pakistani troops managed to enter Mymensingh town on April 22. The freedom fighters built their stronghold in bordering Haluaghat upazila of the district. Several battles took place in the border area during the nine-month long bloody war.

On December 7, the freedom fighters freed Haluaghat from the occupation forces and on December 8, Phulpur and Bhaluka upazilas were freed, followed by the liberation of Gouripur, Trishal, Iswarganj and Tarakanda areas. On December 10, the freedom fighters led by Principal Motiur Rahman, ex-president of the district unit of Awami League, and Indian allied forces marched towards the town and freed it from the clutches of the occupation forces.

At least 125 freedom fighters, including students and cultural activists, in the district sacrificed their valuable lives for the freedom of the motherland. To keep the memory of the freedom fighters and martyrs alive, a liberation war memorial titled “Muktijuddha Smiriti Saudha” was built on the bank of the Brahmaputra River in the town in 2000.