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On 11 December 1971, the entire east bank of Meghna River came under the complete control of Mitro Bahini and Mukti Bahini.
Pakistan army, while falling back, blew up the Meghna Bridge. Then an alternative plan was chalked out, and in view of that Heliborne operation was drafted to position troops across the Meghna, said Captain Shahab who was involved in the operation.
On the early morning of the day, the operation of positioning troops started at a place called Raipura, south of Narsingdi. KILO FLIGHT was giving Armed Escort protection for the safe disembarkation of the troops of 57th Division of Indian Army and also to counterattack Pakistan army, he went on. “Troops were climbing down from the ME8 helicopter, and we were looking for the Pakistan army to be repulsed if needed,” Capt Shahab said, adding that people from the villages were coming out to welcome the troops, embrace them and extend all possible assistance.
“What a wonderful scenario! We were so moved and could feel again the touch of the people’s war at that moment,” he added.
“Suddenly we observed that a convoy of Pakistan army was approaching the troop disembarkation site to ambush. We immediately attacked the group with 14 French Matra rockets and blew them up,” Capt Shahab seemed reflective.
The Troop Disembarkation Operation continued and was completed without any further intervention. A Pakistan army message was intercepted and it was known that 22 Pakistan army members were killed in that attack, he further said.
On the morning next day, 12 December, Narsingdi was totally free. After this no more Pakistan resistance was there. Mitro Bahini and Mukti Bahini proceeded towards Dhaka very fast, surrounded the whole Dhaka city and were waiting for Pakistan army to surrender, said Capt Shahab.