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Reminiscing 1971

Chandpur, Lohagora, Pirojpur were freed on this day

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Chandpur, Lohagora, Pirojpur were freed 
on this day
A girl draws pictures on the War of Liberation as a preparation to celebrate Brahmanbaria Free Day on December 8. FOCUS BANGLA PHOTO

On this day in 1971, valiant freedom fighters freed Chandpur, Lohagora of Narail and Pirojpur districts from the occupation of Pakistan forces. To mark the day district administration, Muktijoddha Sangshad, political parties and social organisations of the districts have taken various programmes.

Our Chandpur correspondent reports: On December 8 in 1971, Chandpur district (then sub–division) was freed from the clutches of the Pakistani occupation forces as the freedom fighters captured Chandpur town without firing a shot. Sensing a defeat the Pakisrtani soldiers fled the area at dead of night.

Pak Army’s chief commander in Chandpur area, Colonel Shutti along with his associates flew by helicopters towards Burma. Others retreated to Dhaka by gunboats the following morning. Bu they came under attacks from freedom fighters at a place near Mohonpur in Matlab, said elderly freedom fighters in Chandpur.

Early in the morning, freedom fighters Hanif Patwary, Mohiuddin Patwary, Syed Abed Mansur, Jahurul Islam Pathan, Shah Md Atiqullah Bachchu, Nurul Amin Khasru and others along with Indian forces entered the town like to a rousing welcome by locals. Bangladesh flag were hoisted at police stations and government establishment in Chandpur. Indian tanks also entered the town with freedom fighters after freeing Hajiganj and Shahrasti areas.

In the meantime, all the Rajakers of Chandpur managed to flee. Some were caught by the freedom-loving people. They were Latif Khandaker, Abbassi, Ayatullah and others. Many other Rajakers – Shamsu Mukter, Salam Mukter( (Advocate), Hafej Sarder and some others in Hajiganj  managed to flee by boats under cover of darkness.

In Narail, Lohagara upazila was freed from the clutches of Pakistani invaders and their collaborators on December 8, 1971. Lohagara Upazila Muktijoddha Sangsad Lohagara upazila unit, different socio-cultural organisations and pro-liberation political parties have taken up different programmes to observe the day in a befitting manner.

The programme of the day includes hoisting of national flag, colourful rally, discussion meeting and doa mahfil.

On this day in 1971, during the liberation war valiant freedom fighters of Lohagara, led by commander Sharif Khashruzzaman, encircled Lohagara police station, the temporary camp of the Pakistani forces, and launched a guerilla attack.

A fierce fight took place between Pak Army and freedom fighters and it lasted about six hours. Two freedom fighters -- Habibur Rahman and Mostafa Kamal Taz – embraced martyrdom; and a total of 42 Pak soldiers were forced to surrender to the freedom fighters.    

Our Pirojpur correspondent reports: On December 8 in 1971, freedom fighters of Pirojpur freed Pirojpur district (then sub-division) from the occupation of Pakistani army and hoisted the national flag.

Pakistani army entered into Pirojpur district on May 3, 1971. They burnt the houses of freedom fighters and minorities, killed them and also humiliated women till December 1 with the help of local collaborators. To free Pirojpur, three groups of freedom fighters entered into the district town at night on the 7th December in 1971 from south, north and west side of Pirojpur led by Major Ziauddin Ahmed (Late). Sensing their presence, Pakistani forces fled to Barisal cowardly. Thus the valiant freedom fighters freed Pirojpur.

 

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