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1971 Liberation War: Bogra, Mirzapur freed on December 13

  • Published at 02:23 am December 13th, 2019
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The spot where the Pak army dumped bodies of Bangali people in Mirzapur, Tangail Dhaka Tribune

Pakistan’s soldiers surrendered in the city’s Brindabonpara area after a frontal battle between the two sides lasting three consecutive days

Bangladesh’s valiant freedom fighters freed Bogra town from Pakistani occupation in coordination with the allied Indian army on December 13, 1971.

Pakistan’s soldiers surrendered in the city’s Brindabonpara area after a frontal battle between the two sides lasting three consecutive days.

On the morning of December 10, 1971, Brigadier Prem Singh of 64th Mountain Regiment of the allied forces, along with nine Bengali freedom fighters and a brigade of soldiers, took position on the Bogra-Rangpur Highway near Lathigram village, three miles north of Bogra city.

Following the three-day battle between the two forces, the Pakistani military commander, Brigadier Elahi Bux, surrendered to Prem Singh on December 13 at around 3pm as the artillery division of the allied forces entered the city with tanks.

Kahaloo upazila of Bogra was also liberated on the same day when the Pakistan military surrendered to Mujib Bahini (Bangladesh Liberation Force) Commander Hossain Ali in Charmatha Rail Gate area at around 7am.

Brig Tufazzal Hossain and Maj Zakir Hossain, along with 65 soldiers of the Pakistan army, were captured by the freedom fighters.

Several groups of the freedom fighters had earlier been engaged in frontal combat with the Pakistani military at various spots in Kahaloo. During the period, the Pakistani soldiers killed 150 innocent people in a number of villages of the upazila.

Nondigram upazila was also freed of Pakistani occupation on the same day.

Liberation forces kept up a sustained assault on the Pakistani military and its collaborator razakar forces for three consecutive days, during which time they took 80 razakars into custody, recovering a large cache of weapons from them. 

Also, on this day, Bangladesh’s guerrillas liberated Tangail’s Mirzapur upazila, which the Pakistani military had kept under its occupation since April 3, 1971.

The occupation, during which the Pakistani military killed 31 innocent people of the area, came to an end on the day following a battle between the two forces.

Several programs have been arranged by the Muktijoddha Sangsad in the respective areas to commemorate the day.