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Govt to build monument for martyrs of allied forces

DEEPAK ACHARJEE
Govt to build monument for martyrs of allied forces

The government is going to build a monument for martyrs of the allied forces who laid down their lives during the Liberation War in 1971. This has been a long-standing demand of the Bangladesh-India Friendship Society.

The proposed monument would be built at Ashuganj town in Brahmanbaria district, said sources in the Ministry of Liberation War Affairs. The ministry has prepared a proposal and sent it to the Planning Commission, seeking its opinion.

The minister for Liberation War affairs, AKM Mozammel Haque, told The Independent that the proposal would be placed at the next meeting of the Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC).

“We will appoint a project director and invite tender after getting approval from the Planning Commission. We are hoping that we will be able to begin the construction work of the monument within two months,” he said.

The general secretary of the Bangladesh-India Friendship Society, Subir Kushari, told this correspondent that they are happy that the government is going to fulfil their demand. “As the blood of Indian soldiers are mixed with the soul of independent Bangladesh, the government is going to implement the project to keep alive the friendship between the two countries,” he said.

“The Indian government had provided shelter to nearly 10 million Bangladeshi people during the Liberation War for nine long months. The memorial will be an expression of gratitude for the contribution of the Indian armed forces in providing arms and ammunition and also training to the freedom fighters. The history of Bangladesh would remain incomplete without mentioning the contribution of India during the Liberation War,” he added.

The aim of the project is to keep alive the contribution of the Indian government and Indian citizens during the Liberation War, according to the proposal of the ministry. This will be an expression of gratitude for those Indian soldiers who laid down their lives for the independence and the green and red flag of Bangladesh, the proposal says.

India not only spent 7,000 crore rupees for the Liberation War, but 3,630 officers and jawans also gave their lives, while 9,856 officers and jawans were injured. In all, 213 Indian officers and jawans were reported missing.

IK

 

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