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With the upcoming nationwide Victory Day celebrations on the way, individual districts are celebrating their respective freedom earned in 1971 amid enthusiasm and fervor.
Mymensingh was freed on December 10 in 1971, reports BSS. On this day in 1971 freedom fighters led by Principal Motiur Rahman, now Minister for Religious Affairs and allied forces, marched towards Mymensingh town.
They crossed Shambuganj ferry ghat in the morning and marched towards circuit house ground chanting the slogan ‘Joy Bangla’.
On hearing the news of the entering of the freedom fighters, hundreds of people from all walks of life including family members of the freedom fighters and their relatives stood on both sides of the road from circuit house to thana ghat to greet the warriors.
The hundreds of freedom fighters and allied forces controlled Mymensingh town as after reaching the circuit house ground valiant freedom fighter, organiser and chief of Jubo Shibir Motiur Rahman declared Mymensingh free from the clutches of Pak occupation army through hoisting the flag of independent Bangladesh in presence of hundreds of freedom fighters and people of all ages.
Marking the day, Muktijuddha Sangsad Mymensingh District Command and Mymensingh District Administration have taken a week long programme at Mukta Moncha of town’s Chhoto Bazar area.
The programme began on Sunday and will end on December 16, said sources. The week long programme includes bringing out a colourful rally on December 10, discussion meetings on War of Liberation and cultural shows.
Different political and socio-cultural organizations have also taken elaborate programmes marking the day, Muktijuddha district command sources said.
First, the invaders tried to enter into the district by trains from Dhaka. Having failed in those attempts, they tried through river routes to take over the control of the district town, a middle point of Mymensingh region. These attempts too backfired. At last they attempted to reach Mymensingh town through Madhupur of Tangail district.
On April 17 in 1971, a fierce battle was fought between the Pak Army and the freedom fighters at Kalihati in Tangail. The battle continued for five days without any break. It was the first fierce battle between the freedom fighters and the occupation Pak Army in this region. However, with the help of sophisticated and superior weapons, the Pak Army managed to set their foot in Mymensingh town on April 22. The freedom fighters built their strong hold at frontier Haluaghat Upazila of the district. Many fierce battles were fought in Haluaghat during the nine-month long bloody battle.
Between May and November in 1971, the freedom fighters and the Pakistan Army locked in many encounters at different places of the district and its surrounding areas.
On December 7 in 1971, the freedom fighters freed Haluaghat from the occupation Pak Army and on December 8, Phulpur and Bhaluka Upazilas were freed followed by the liberation of Gouripur, Trishal, Iswarganj and Tarakanda areas. The brave freedom fighters forced the invaders to retreat from their many occupied areas in the district.
A Liberation War Memorial titled “Muktijuddah Smiriti Saudha” was built on the bank of the Brahmaputra River in the town in 2000 to keep alive the memory of the freedom fighters and martyrs.
Netrakona liberation day was observed on Sunday commemorating the front-battle between Pakistani military forces and freedom fighters which ended with hoisting of national flag atop of all offices and buildings on December 9, 1971, reports BSS.
The people of Netrakona were liberated and their soil was freed from the occupation of Pakistani military forces on the day following the “landslide victory” of freedom fighters in the face-to-face war took place at Muktarpara bridge area in the Netrakona town.
Netrakona district administration and different socio-cultural, political and professional organisations including district Muktijoddha sangsad took various programmes to mark the day.
The programme included placing of wreaths on the memorial monuments of martyred freedom fighters and independence memorial monument here, bringing out colorful rally in the district town, holding of discussion and musical soiree based on patriotic songs.
The day’s programme formally started with placing of wreaths at the independence memorial monument and graveyards of martyred freedom fighters in Satpai area by deputy commissioner Netrakona Main-Ul-Islam.
A colorful rally was brought out in the district town from local public hall premises under the auspices of the district administration and the rally was ended there after parading the main roads of the town.
Local people from all walks of life including public representatives, political leaders and freedom fighters joined the rally.
Deputy commissioner Netrakona Main-UL-Islam, police super Netrakona Joydeb Chowdhury, renowned freedom fighter and general secretary of Awami League Netrakona district unit Ashraf Ali Khan Khasru, among others, attended the rally.
A discussion “Netrakona liberation day” was also held at local public hall marking the day.
Jamalpur Free Day was observed in the district amid much enthusiasm on Monday, reports BSS.
On December 10 in 1971, freedom fighters with the help of allied force over powered Pakistani occupation Army and liberated the district.
Bangladesh Muktijodha Sangsad, Jamalpur unit command took out a colourful rally from Bakultola area in the town to mark the day.
The rally led by Rezaul Karim Hira, MP after parading the main roads ended on primary teachers ‘training institute premises.
A discussion was also held in the Bakultola area. Superintendent of Police Md Delwar Hossain, freedom fighter Sujayat Ali Fakir, Freedom Fighter Haider Ali, Vice-president of District Awami League Syed Atiqur Rahman Sana and Executive Member of District Awami League Engineer Mojaffar Hossain, among others, spoke at the rally.
Mymensingh Free Day was observed amid festivity and enthusiasm on Monday, reports BSS.
District Muktijoddah Sangsad and Mymensingh free day celebration committee jointly organised programes to mark the day.
On the day in 1971, freedom fighters freed the district from the clutches of Pakistani occupation forces and their collaborators.
Additional Divisional Commissioner and convener of the celebration committee Neranjan Debnath inaugurated the rally as the chief guest at Chotobazar Mukta Mancha in the morning.
Chairman of Zila Parisad Yusuf Khan Pathan and President of district Al Advocate Jahirul Haque, among others, were present.
To celebrate the historic day, a colourful rally was brought out in the district town.
The rally paraded the main roads participated by hundreds of freedom fighters, leaders and activists of AL and activists of socio-cultural organisations.
In Rangpur ‘Swasswato Bangla Muktijudhdho Jadughar (SBMJ)’ began celebrations of the Great Victory Day -2018 from Monday evening amid huge enthusiasm through weeklong colourful cultural programmes, reports BSS.
Like in the previous years, the SBMJ under management of Rangpur Cantonment Public School and College and The Millennium Stars School and College is organising the celebrations on the ‘Mukta Mancha’ set up on the SBMJ premises in the city.
Rangpur Area Headquarters of Bangladesh Army patronized the event.
Rangpur Divisional Commissioner Muhammad Joynul Bari attended the inaugural function as the chief guest.
Principal of Rangpur Cantonment Public School and College and president of the observance celebration committee Colonel Md Nurul Huda presided over the inaugural function.
Station Commander and high-ranking military officials of Rangpur Cantonment and divisional and district level civil administrations, noted sociocultural activists, civil society members and elite of the city attended the function.
The artistes of ‘Spondon Nattya and Sangskritik Sangathan’, ‘Rangpur Nrittya Shilpi Sangstha’ and ‘Carmichael Nattya-Sahittya Sangsad’ rendered colourful cultural programmes on the inaugural day of the celebrations.
On the second day, artistes of ‘Paglapeer Shishu Sangeet Biddyalaya’, ‘Rangpur Charupath Academy’ and Begum Rokeya University unit of ‘Goongoon’ performed various cultural programmes in the evening.