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Tripura govt opens memorial at 1971 guerrilla camp

  • Published at 08:03 pm December 16th, 2017
  • Last updated at 09:02 pm December 16th, 2017
Tripura govt opens memorial at 1971 guerrilla camp
Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarker has inaugurated the Indo-Bangla Maitree Udayn (Friendship Park) at Chottakhola in Belonia sub-division of Tripura, on the occasion of Victory Day. The park was constructed on 2.2 hectares land, with a column modelled on the Shaheed Minar in Bangladesh inside. The park also has various sculptures depicting the Liberation War. The blueprints for the sculptures were outlined by Professor Muntassir Mamoon, and the sculpting was conducted by Hashem Khan and Mahmudul Hasan. Chottakhola was one of the base camps for Bangladeshi freedom fighters during the Liberation War in 1971. Student leader Abdur Rab was the in-charge of the camp. During the war, youths willing to participate in the fight were initially interviewed by Khwaja Ahmed at Ekinpur Youth Training Centre. Subsequently, they were sent to Chottakhola camp for training. Chottakhola, a city 122 kilometres away from Tripura’s capital Agartala, was also the base camp for freedom fighters active in Bangladesh’s Feni district. Many of the freedom fighters who died in Chottakhola were laid to rest in the area. Bunkers used by the freedom fighters during the Liberation War are also preserved in the park. The foundation stone of the Chottakhola Maitree Udyan was laid down in November 2010 by then Bangladesh foreign minister Dr Dipu Moni.