By the beginning of April 1972: The Indian Army with the help of local engineers repaired and restored roadways, bridges, railways, inland waterways and port areas. The Indian troops also removed a large number of bombs and landmines. An Indian soldier guards the demolished bridge at Chaugacha.
Advance to Khulna: After the capture of Jashore on December 7, 1971, Indian Army moved along Jashore-Khulna axis on December 9 towards Khulna. The progress was slowed down due to the absence of roads and tracks, and marshes along the way. Here, armoured vehicles of Indian Army advance towards Khulna. Khulna was liberated on December 17, 1971 when Pakistan’s Brig Hayat Khan surrendered with 120 officers, 172 JCOs, 5,295 ORs and 433 non-combatants and police personnel.