March 24, 1971

Bangabandhu said any forced decision won’t be accepted

Staff Correspondent

24 March, 2021 12:00 AM printer

Bangabandhu said any forced decision won’t be accepted

Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman on March 24 said if no specific announcement was made following his next meeting with President Yahya Khan, they will not sit for any more discussion and that any forced decision won’t be accepted.

If there is no solution by tomorrow, the people of East Pakistan themselves will find their way, Bangabandhu said, adding that no conspiracy

can push them back as they are united.

Bangabandhu addressed all the processions that arrived at the doorstep of his Dhanmondi 32 residence from the morning till the night of that day.

 Warning the Pakistani power mongers, he said, “Whatever conspiracy you indulge in you will not succeed in suppressing the demands of the people. We would not bow our heads to any force. We will free the people of Bangladesh.”

Bangabandhu instructed the people to continue the movement with more determination.

On the same day, General Secretary of East Pakistan Awami League Tajuddin Ahmad called upon the people of East Pakistan to get ready to make sacrifice to foil conspiracies.

On the other hand, the Pakistan Army kept Saidpur Cantonment and neighbouring villages, including Botlagari, Golahaat and Kundul, cordoned from March 23 to March 24 morning.

Additional force was deployed in the areas. About 100 people were killed and around 1,000 others were injured in attack by the Pakistan army.

Curfew was imposed in Dhaka. The Pak army, along with non-Bangalees, set fire to Bangalee houses and carried out carnage there.

Some civilians came under attack by the brutal military in front of Rangpur Medical College. In the face of attack, they built up resistance against them.

Consequently, the army carried out a massacre in the surrounding areas, which caused the death of 50 unarmed civilians.

Two sessions of meeting on the economic aspects of the draft constitution took place between the representatives of both sides at the President’s house in the evening.

In the discussion, Awami League representatives proposed insertion of ‘confederation’ instead of ‘federation’ in the draft constitution but the regime termed it a basic change and protested.

On this day, experts from both the sides completed discussion on all the Articles and Schedules of the draft constitution.

Tajuddin Ahmad in a statement said since opinion has been already submitted on the table, there is no need for further discussion on the part of Awami League.

A discussion was held between Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto and Yahya Khan on the day but most of the politicians, experts and advisers of West Pakistan left East Pakistan.

People of East Pakistan were desperately seeking a solution amid the growing demand for independence.