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1971 Liberation War: Sreepur freed Dec 12

  • Published at 11:51 pm December 11th, 2019
Sreepur Liberation War
The Liberation War Memorial in Sreepur upazila, Gazipur Dhaka Tribune

The Muktibahini began to take control of the region by initiating ferocious combat with the Pakistani occupation forces in Ijjatpur of Sreepur on December 7

On this day in 1971, Bangladesh’s brave freedom fighters liberated Sreepur upazila of Gazipur district by forcing the Pak troops out of the area in fierce close combat.

The Muktibahini, a guerrilla resistance force comprising the Bangladeshi military, paramilitary and civilians during the Liberation War, cut off rail communications that prevented reinforcements for the Pakistani forces from the capital, compelling those in Sreepur to retreat. 

The Muktibahini began to take control of the region by initiating ferocious combat with the Pakistani occupation forces in Ijjatpur of Sreepur on December 7. Sahab Uddin, a young freedom fighter, was martyred in the battle.

Shot for protesting

Shah Md Nuruzzaman Akanda, a resident of Akandabari, remembers his father, Shahid Sadir Akanda, with deep sadness, as he was violently killed by the occupation forces for protesting against their unlawful activities. The family could not even collect Sadir's body to give him a proper burial.

Horrific mass shooting 

Haresa Khatun and Freedom Fighter Rahmat Ali, residents of the upazila, recalled the deaths and mass burial of at least 20 people after the Pakistan army resorted to indiscriminate shootings in their village.

Abdus Sattar, Yousuf Ali, Azam Ali, Nazrul Islam Akanda along with others were abducted from their homes and murdered, they recall.

Muktibahini takes back Sreepur

In 1971, the Pakistani forces were hugely dependent on the railroads for logistics support. Therefore, when the Muktibahini planned to take back Sreepur, they concentrated on disrupting  rail communication.

As planned, a team of almost 200 freedom fighters attacked the rail outposts on the night of December 10 and eventually took control of the upazila after a fierce battle, recalled Freedom Fighter Abdul Bari.

Sreepur was free on this day

In line with an extensive battle plan, the freedom fighters surrounded the Pakistanis and after a brutal battle they hoisted the Bangladeshi flag at the Sreepur ground, liberating the upazila on December 12.

On this day, hundreds of veterans remember and pay their respect to the valiant freedom fighters, whose incredible courage and sacrifices led to the nation's victory in the Liberation War.