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31 Indian, Russian soldiers honoured for Liberation War roles

  • Published at 10:37 am December 19th, 2019
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Lt Gen Niazi signing the Instrument of Surrender under the gaze of Lt Gen Aurora . Standing immediately behind from L to R: Vice Admiral Krishnan, Air Marshal Dewan, Lt Gen Sagat Singh, Maj Gen JFR Jacob (with Flt Lt Krishnamurthy peering over his shoulder). Veteran newscaster, Surojit Sen of All India Radio, is seen holding a microphone on the right. Collected

Liberation War Affairs minister has expressed gratitude towards them

Bangladesh has honoured 31 Indian and Russian members of the Allied Forces for their roles in the 1971 Liberation War.

A reception was hosted in their honour at a hotel in the capital on Wednesday, a statement from the Ministry of Liberation War Affairs said on Thursday, reports UNB.

Lieutenant General (retd) Rajendra Singh Kadyan led the 26-member Indian delegation. The five-member Russian delegation was led by Vasily Mihalovic.

They came to Bangladesh on December 14, at the invitation of the government on the occasion of the Victory Day. They attended various programs during their visit.

Liberation War Affairs Minister AKM Mozammel Haque expressed gratitude towards India and Russia.

He said the kind of assistance provided by Indira Gandhi, the people of India and the allied forces during Bangladesh’s War of Independence is rare in the history of the world.

He recalled how the then Soviet Union vetoed a US proposal for armistice when Bangladesh’s victory was imminent. He remembered the Soviet soldiers who were killed in an explosion when removing mines planted by Pakistan occupation forces at Chittgong Port.

“The ties among India, Russia and Bangladesh forged in blood will never be undone,” he said.