Tentulia remained occupationfree in 1971

RANGPUR, The northernmost Tentulia Thana area in Panchagarh remained occupationfree and unconquerable centre for freedom fighters till the ultimate victory in 1971.

Talking to BSS, local freedom fighters and people of Tentulia said they

still feel proud of resisting the Pakistani army from crossing their last

defense position at Amarkhana point during the ninemonth War of Liberation

period.

Former Tentulia Upazila Muktijoddha Commander Kazi Mahbubur Rahman said

all hats and bazaars functioned well in Tentulia Thana keeping civic life

normal and freedom fighters were going to India and coming back freely to

liberate the country.

Recruitment of freedom fighters, their trainings, supply of arms and

ammunitions and planning of attacks were being conducted freely at Tentulia

creating a severe threat to the Pakistani army, he said.

Tentulia Thana of Panchagarh in 1971 becomes wellknown internationally

as top organisers of the War of Liberation. Political leaders in exile

frequently visited the area and freedom fighters conducted their activities

from there for national independence.

Retired Principal of local Bhajanpur Degree College Shafikul Islam said

hundreds of Bengalese frequently participated in the proliberation

processions in Tentulia chanting slogans 'Joy Bangla' in free atmosphere.

Following stiff resistances created by freedom fighters with support of

common people, Tentulia Thana under Sector No6 remained free from occupation

stimulating the War of Liberation toward ultimate victory.

Frequent fierce attacks from freedom fighters, the Pakistani army could

never touch the sovereignty of Tentulia, surrounded by Indian territories

from the three directions of west, east and north, Islam said.

Retired Headmaster of Tentulia Pilot High School Jahirul Haque said

Tentulia became an important place to reflect aspirations of the independence

seeker Bangalees.

International journalists like Mark Tully and William Crowley, visited

Tentulia, photographed the War of Liberation in Bhajanpur fronts and

interviewed heroic freedom fighters, common people and refugees for global

media coverage, he said.

He said Prime Minister of the Bangladesh government in exile Tajuddin

Ahmed, Finance Minister Captain Mansur Ali, Home Minister AHM Kamruzzaman,

Acting President Syed Nazrul Islam and Colonel MAG Osmani frequently visited

Tentulia in 1971.

Sector Commander M K Bashar, Subsector Commander Squadron leader

Sadruddin, Captain Nazrul, Captain Shahriar, Lieutenants Masud and Matin were

stationed at Tentulia Subsector of Sector No6 to conduct the War of

Liberation, Haque added.

Recalling memories, elderly citizens Delwar Hossain, Morsheda Siddique

and Basir Uddin said they frequently took part in the proliberation

processions with their classmates and chanted slogans 'Joy Bangla' in free

atmosphere of Tentulia.

One day, Tajuddin Ahmed came to Tentulia and addressed a rally

participated by thousands of independenceseeker Bangalees, freedom fighters,

political leaders, activists and foreign journalists, said Former Chairman

of Bhajanpur union Emdadul Haque.

In his speech, Tajuddin Ahmed highly appreciated the heroism and bravery

of the people of Tentulia, urged the people not to lose courage to continue

the war until the ultimate and assured victory was achieved, Emdadul added.

Elderly businessman Mokhlesur Rahman said, The Tentulia High School

ground factually turned into a mini cantonment for freedom fighters as they

conducted the War of Liberation from there till ultimately defeating the

occupation forces.

Freedom fighter Aiyub Ali thanked the government for constructing

'Swadhinotar Tirthobhumi Tentulia' and 'Muktanchol of 1971' Gate to

immortalise legendary role of occupationfree Tentulia to achieve ultimate

victory winning the War of Liberation.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)