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6 December, 2017 00:00 00 AM
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Jessore, Meherpur, Jhenidah were freed on this day

Our correspondents, Jessore, Meherpur
Jessore, Meherpur, Jhenidah were freed on this day
A sculpture depicting the freedom fighters of 1971 Liberation War in Jhenidah. INDEPENDENT PHOTO

On this day in 1971, valiant freedom fighters freed Jessore and Meherpur districts from the occupation of Pakistan forces.

To mark the day district administration, Muktijoddha Sangshad, political parties and social organisations of the districts have taken various programmes.

In Jessore, on this day in 1971, Jessore town was freed from the clutches of Pakistan occupation army without any resistance or bloodshed. The enemy forces retreated towards Khulna by vacating Jessore Cantonment on the previous night under the cover of darkness. It was indeed a surprise to all. The valiant freedom fighters and allied forces, led by commander of Sector 8 Major Manjoor, entered the town early in the morning. But he found the town abandoned by the Pakistan forces.

Earlier, the national flag of Bangladesh was hoisted atop Jessore Collectorate building by a group of revolutionary students on March 3, 1971. Police opened fire on a militant procession on the day leaving one Charubala dead on the spot at Mike Patty in the town.

The next day the national flag was hoisted at the local Eidgah Maidan at the initiative of veteran 6-point campaigners, Syed Mahabbat Ali, Journalist late Mahamudul Haque, Saleha Khatoon, Amal Sen, journalist Abdus Salam, valiant freedom fighter Abdul Hai and others. The group put up barricades at Aribpur, the entry point to Jessore Cantonment, on March 17, 1971 killing one Pakistan soldier. This incident inspired many to come forward and Jessore became the headline in the national dailies.

In Meherpur, forty seven years ago, on December 6, Meherpur, the first capital of Bangladesh where provisional government was formed, was liberated from the occupation of the Pakistan Army.

The freedom fighters under the leadership of the General M A Manzur liberated the area. The troops, including the valiant freedom fighters, maneuvered along the Meherpur borders in November 1971.The freedom fighters intensified their guerilla war strategy to demoralise the Pak occupation army.

The guerillas with the assistance of the allied forces started advancing towards Meherpur on December 5 and the occupation forces began retreating on the day in the face of terrible attack.

The defeated Pakistani soldiers damaged the Amjhupi bridge on the River Kazla, Dinadatta bridge on the Chewtia River. located on the outskirts of the historical village Amjhupi towards Chuadanga, the neighbouring district.

Talking to The Independent Bashir Ahmed, district commander, Freedom Fighters Command Council of  Meherpur unit said in order to observe Meherpur free day, freedom fighters of Meherpur chalked out different programmes, including grand rally and discussion meeting.

 

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