Thakurgaon Freedom Day tomorrow

RANGPUR The freedom fighters along with allied

forces bravely liberated Thakurgaon town on December 3, 1971 after liberating

Panchagarh town on December 29 from the clutches of the Pakistan occupation

forces.

Former Deputy Commander of Thakurgaon district command of Bangladesh

Muktijoddha Sangsad (BMS) Abdul Mannan said Thakurgaon remained free up to

April 14, 1971 as the Pakistani occupation forces could not enter the town.

But, on April 15, 1971 the occupation forces entered Thakurgaon with

heavy armaments when the freedom fighters took positions in occupation-free

Tentulia frontier areas, he said.

Former Commander of Ranisonkoil upazila unit of BMS Sirajul Islam said

Thakurgaon was under Sector no- 6 during the War of Liberation under command

of Sector Commander Squadron Leader M Khademul Bashar.

When victory was becoming evident, the Pakistani occupation forces

began to retreat. On November 29, Panchagarh Thana was liberated when the

occupation forces set up their camp at the then Thakurgaon EPR camp, he

said.

During the retreat, the occupation forces blew up Bhulli Bridge on

November 30 and laid many underground mines at Salandar area near Thakurgaon

town to create hindrance to entrance of the freedom fighters and allied

forces.

After quick repair of the Bhulli Bridge, the freedom fighters and

allied forces tried to enter Thakurgaon, but they faced impediment due to

underground mines placed in the area by the retreating occupation forces, he

said.

Eyewitness Abdul Mannan of village Bhandara said two tanks of the allied

forces were destroyed due to mine blasts and the mines were removed soon

under leadership of Muktijoddha Commander Mahbub Alam.

Understanding their unambiguous defeat, the Pakistani forces retreated

further and set up their base at the 25-mile point on the Thakurgaon-Dinajpur

highway on December 2 after heavy shelling by the allied forces.

Eyewitness Mohsin Ali Sarker of Haripur upazila said the triumphant

freedom fighters and allied forces coming from Tentulia frontier entered

Thakurgaon town on December 3 when thousands of common people welcomed them

chanting slogan 'Joy Bangla.'

The freedom fighters and allied forces, after defeating the Pakistani

army, and crushing their defenses at Panchagarh, Moidandighee, Boda and

Bhulli, also entered Thakurgaon from the northern side, Ali said.

Afterwards, other contingents of the freedom fighters coming from

Atwari, Ruhea, Akhanagar, Baliadangi and Lahirihat also entered Thakurgaon

town from the western side on the day.

The freedom fighters along with thousands of common people paraded

different roads of Thakurgaon town chanting victorious slogans and hoisted

the victory flag at Chowrasta Mour, said eyewitness Abdul Latif of

Thakurgaon town.

The Thakurgaon district administration and district unit of BMS and

other organisations will observe the Thakurgaon Freedom Day-2019 through

colourful programmes tomorrow (Tuesday).

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)