After the fall of Jessore cantonment the occupation Pak army started retreating to their rear headquarter set up at Faridpur after crossing the river Madhumati on Kamarkhali-Magura border.
The Pak army started consolidating their strength from different angles. But the brave Mukti Bahini laid ambushes at different points on Kamarkhali-Faridpur road causing casualties and material losses to the invaders.
On December 9, a group of FFs numbering about forty led by valiant FF commander Kazi Salauddin Nasim attacked a retreating Pak army van near Karimpur bridge causing heavy losses to them(Pak). But soon a column of convoy rushed to the spot.
The FF group on strategic reason retreated and took position in village Dhopadanga Chandpur. The Pak army followed the FFs and surrounded their position.
An unequal mini-battle ensued between a small Muktibahini contingent and a large number of Pak army with heavy arms and ammunition. Still the patriot MuktiBahini with the zeal of sacrificing their lives for motherland resisted the invaders for few hours but finally gave in.
Leader of this contingent Kazi Salauddin Nasim, a student of local Yasin college also a very good sportsman , Mesbahuddin, Abdul Wahab, Shamsuddin Molla, Mainuddin, Abdul Hamid and Mujibur Rahman, all college students embraced martyrdom in Karimpur battle.
Salauddin Nasim was a student of HSC class of local Yasin College. The Pak army set ablaze the house where the injured Commander Salauddin and Mesbahuddin took shelter.
Another prominent Muktibahini leader Hemayetuddin who reinforced Salauddin during the battle also received serious bullet injuries on his thumb. Momin and Tabibur Rahman were also injured in the battle. Later Hemayetuddin became a secretary of Bangladesh government.
The other Muktibahini members Idris Molla,Dr. Runu, Abu Bakar Siddique, Aminur Rahman Farid, Kazi Fariduddin (younger brother of Salauddin) survived in the battle of Karimpur.
Aminur Rahman Farid, now a sports organizer told BSS that it was a big loss for the Mukti bahini at the fag end of the war.
He also said that the burnt remains of the bodies of the martyred Muktibahini youths were buried at Alipur graveyard of the town after Dec. 16.
Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)