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Chapainawabganj freed on this day

  • Published at 05:37 pm December 15th, 2020
The memorial built for Bir Shreshtho Mohiuddin Jahangir located at Rehaichar-road building, near Mahananda Riverbank. | Dhaka Tribune

The heat of the war reached Chapainawabganj on April 19 in 1971

On this day of December 15, Chapainawabganj was freed from the grasp of Pakistani occupation army, Razakars, Al-Badr, and Al-Shams in 1971.

The Mitro Bahini (Bengali resistance army) and The Mukti Bahini comprising valiant freedom fighters including Bir Shreshtho Captain Md Mohiudddin Jahangir, Golam Nabi Satu, fought fiercely to free the bordering northwestern district.

During the 1971's War of Liberation, the district was under Sector 7 which was led by the then Major Quazi Nooruzzaman and Major Nazmul Haque.

Shoshanghat Mass Grave in Chapainawabganj: During the War of Liberation, Pakistani occupation army killed 6000 to 7000 innocent people here | Dhaka Tribune

Two Sub Sectors -- Mehdipur and Doldoli -- of Sector 7 fell in the Chapainawabganj region. Bir Shreshtho Jahangir jointly with Subedar Iliyas led Mehdipur while Lieutenant Rafiq led Doldoli.

The heat of the war reached Chapainawabganj on April 19 in 1971, when Pakistani forces detonated bombs and launched barbaric attacks in all across the district.

At that time many went to India to acquire war training and especially when the war was coming to an end many  embraced martyrdom in different battlefronts.

On November 7, Lt Rafiq with fellow freedom fighters launched a sudden attack at the enemy bases in Makrampur and Ali Nagar, where 5 enemy troops were killed and the rest had escaped crossing the Mahananda River.

On December 10, freedom fighters from Char Bagdanga camp made moves to conquer Chapainawabganj town and seized an enemy bunker there.

The battles in the region became intense on December 13, when six freedom fighters, including EPR [East Pakistan RIfles] ]Nayek Nabir Uddin and nine villagers gave their lives in a battle near Haripur bridge.Chapainawabganj, December 15: The monument symbolizes the country's War of Liberation in Chapainawabgnaj. It is located at the Bargharia Goalchattar in the outskirts of Chapainawabganj town. | Dhaka Tribune 

On the next day, Bir Shreshtho Jahangir went ahead of the defence line into a trench of Pakistan army at Rehaichar village in Chapainawabganj Sadar, when an enemy bullet hit him on the forehead killing him on the spot. The death of Jahangir left freedom fighters in the Sector in great grief.

Fierce battle broke out that afternoon as Lt Rafiqul, Maj Gheyasuddin Chowdhury and Lt A Qayyum Khan [author of “Bittersweet Victory: A Freedom Fighter’s Tale], with their men attacked Pakistani forces and got rid of them in the early hours of December 15.

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