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Meherpur freed this day in ’71

  • Our Correspondent
  • 7 December, 2021 12:00 AM
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Meherpur freed this day in ’71

MEHERPUR: Meherpur, the first capital of Bangladesh, was freed from the occupation of Pakistani forces fifty years ago on December 6, 1971. 

The freedom fighters under the leadership of late General MA Manzur liberated the area. The troops, including the valiant freedom fighters, maneuvered along the Meherpur borders in November 1971.

The freedom fighters intensified their guerilla war strategy to demoralise the Pakistani occupation army. A fierce fight took place on the Inchakhali-Buripota border areas in Sadar upazila at the end of November, where the occupation forces suffered a heavy casualty.

More than 50 Pak brutal juntas were killed in the guerilla attack. The freedom fighters managed to liberate entire Meherpur on December 6 and took control of the then sub-division Meherpur, now district.

The guerillas with the assistance of the allied forces started to advance towards Meherpur on December 5 and the occupation forces started retreating on the day in the face of terrible attack with heavy guns firing.

They totally retreated from Meherpur area at midnight on December 6. The defeated Pakistan soldiers damaged the Amjhupi bridge on the river Kazla, Dinadatta bridge on the Chewtia river located, on the outskirts of the historical village Amjhupi towards Chuadanga, the neighboring district.

The people had passed the whole night in a horrific state and with a deep sentiment of pleasure to see the rising sun of the independence here.

The whole town and surrounding areas were besieged by the valiant freedom fighters chanting slogan ‘Joy-Bangla’ in a jubilant mood. People hoisted the National Flag at dawn atop all private and public buildings.

Different programs were chalked out to observe the day in a befitting manner.