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Indian commander who risked court martial to join Bangladesh freedom fighters dies

Ghosh had been suffering from cancer

Update : 07 Jul 2023, 04:07 PM

Legendary and celebrated Indian BSF official Major Parimal Kumar Ghosh, who reportedly was the first military officer to help freedom fighters in 1971, breathed his last on Thursday in New Delhi, India. He was 84.

Ghosh had been suffering from cancer.

His daughter Agomoni Ghosh said: "My father Parimal Kumar Ghosh is an unsung hero. His career in the army, BSF and R&AW is one of sheer professional brilliance but one that remained in shadows because of the sensitive nature of his job."

“He died after some suffering that dented his health but not his spirit as he battled cancer with the same zeal as the enemies of the nation. He had a great soft corner for Bangladesh because he was the first Indian to have fought in the 1971 Liberation War,” she added.

On the night of March 25, 1971, the Pakistani army crackdown and the arrest of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, then Major PK Ghosh was commanding the F company of the 92nd BSF Battalion in Tripura's Sabroom region, responsible for four border outposts of Amlighat, Samarendragunj, Nalua and Sreenagar, according to Sukharanjan Das Gupta, who covered liberation war from Anandabazar.

The war veteran divulged in detail his story in the Bordermen 2021 article under the subheading First crossing over and formation of first Mukti Bahini by BSF.

“At about 1,700 hours formed the 1st group of Mukti Bahini with 6 EPR boys under Hav Nooruddin, gave them motivational talk and an oath on the spot. Deployed them in groups of 3 each, on either flank of Northern end of Subhanpur bridge with clear instructions to deny entry of Pak soldiers to the villages and water point, also to fire only one round at a time to conserve own ammunition and draw fire from Pak troops”

"I returned to my Srinagar BOP at about 1,900 hours and initiated a special sitrep without mentioning my crossing over the international border.”

Calling his death as a legend passed away, Suresh Dutta , former IG BSF said: "Ghosh dada was my predecessor in the BSF G branch in Agartala, always a hotspot because of proximity to Bangladesh's major nerve centres. He set high professional standards not easy to emulate. A legend has passed away.”

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