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Operation X: A unique portrayal of the Liberation War

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 9th November, 2021 07:25:49 PM
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‘Operation X’, a book based on the firsthand accounts of freedom fighters and Indian Naval Personnel, is an outstanding depiction of the glorious history of the Liberation War of Bangladesh.

The book will inform the readers about the largest covert operation undertaken anywhere in the world after World War II, said the valiant freedom fighters and Indian Naval Commandos who took part in the operation that was conducted between August and November in 1971 to disrupt the logistics lines of supply of Pakistani military.

They came up with the observation in a reading programme of the Bengali version of the book ‘Operation X’ at the High Commission of India in the capital on Tuesday.

The tale of the secret operation that was remain untold for 48 years came into light in 2019 with the publication of the book, co-written by Indian Capt MNR Samant and journalist Sandeep Unnithan.

The book is translated into Bengali by Dr Jasoda Jibon Debnath.

One of the authors of the book Sandeep Unnithan read out half of a chapter of ‘Operation X’ while other part of the chapter was read by Bangladeshi journalist Saleem Samad.

Later, a number of valiant freedom fighters and Indian Naval Personnel, who took part in the operation together, including Commodore Abdul Wahed Chowdhury, Lt Cdr Mohammad Jalal Uddin and Cdr VK Raizada and Lt Suvesh Kumar Mitter, attended a question-answer session.

The book tells about Operation X or NCO(X), which was conceptualised by the then Indian Navy chief Admiral SM Nanda and Captain (later Vice Admiral) Mihir K Roy and was executed by Capt MNR Samant.

Apart from commando operations, the book also talked about the raid on Mongla port by gunboats Padma and Polash, the two gunboats provided by the Indian Navy with a mixed Bangladeshi and Indian crew.

Over 450 naval commandos were trained and penetrated into erstwhile Bangladesh (East Pakistan) to conduct the operation that sank/disabled 100,000 tonnes of enemy shipping and completely blocked the major ports.