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Liberation War ’71: Tangail, Jamalpur, Kushtia, Hili freed on December 11

  • Published at 12:26 am December 11th, 2019
Tangail
Picture shows monuments of the freedom fighters who sacificed their lives to liberate Tangail form the Pakistani forces in 1971 Dhaka Tribune

On December 10, 1971, about 2,000 troops of the allied Indo-Bangladesh forces landed near Tangail town, forcing the Pakistan army to retreat to Dhaka

The Muktibahini, a guerrilla resistance force comprising the Bangladeshi military, paramilitary and civilians during the Liberation War, freed Tangail, Jamalpur, Kushtia and Hili from the Pakistani occupation forces on this day in 1971.

On December 10, 1971, about 2,000 troops of the allied Indo-Bangladesh forces landed near Tangail town, forcing the Pakistan army to retreat to Dhaka. 

The next day, freedom fighters hoisted the Bangladesh national flag in the town.

Foyezur Rahman, company commander of the Muktibahini, hoisted the Bangladesh flag atop Wapda Bhaban, the then Pakistani district headquarters in Jamalpur, after a week-long bloody battle with the occupation forces. 

Around 235 Pak troops were slain and 376 more surrendered to the freedom fighters after the battle.

The Muktibahini along with the allied forces were locked in fierce clashes with the Pakistan army in a final and deadly battle in Kushtia on December 10. 

The Bangladeshi forces went on to liberate Kushtia after triumphing in the battle the next day, where both sides suffered heavy casualties.

Hili was liberated after a long and deadly battle between the Pakistan army and the Muktibahini in Muharapara on this day.

Muktibahini Commander Liakat Ali said around 1,300 freedom fighters, 345 soldiers from the allied forces and nearly 7,000 troops of the Pakistani army perished in the battle.

Our correspondents Abdullah Al Numan, Tangail; Bishwajit Deb, Jamalpur; Kudrote Khoda Sobuj, Kushtia and Halim Al Raji contributed to the report

Various political and socio-cultural organizations have taken necessary preparations to arrange elaborate programs to mark the day. 

Every year thousands of people in these four districts celebrate the day amid festivity as they finally experienced the taste of freedom from the two-decade long Pakistani oppression and the agonizing nine months Bangladesh went through during the Liberation War.

The programs include bringing out colourful rallies in the morning, holding discussion meetings on the Liberation War and cultural orientations to educate the new generation about the history of the emergence of independent Bangladesh.