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1971 Liberation War

Bangladeshi FFs recall days in Meghalaya

  • Jannatul Islam from Meghalaya, India
  • 18 July, 2022 12:00 AM
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Valiant Bangladeshi freedom fighters who are now visiting India have recalled those glorious days when they underwent training and took shelter in Meghalaya during the 1971 Liberation War.

They were beaming with joy while sharing their stories at programme at a hotel in Shillong on Sunday marking the golden jubilee of the country’s liberation war.

At the invitation of the Government of India, a 25-member delegation, including freedom fighters, youths and journalists, is now visiting Assam and Meghalaya.

Former Foreign Secretary Shamsher Mubin Chowdhury, also a Bir Bikram, conducted the session while war veteran Indian photojournalist Ahmed Hossain and his brother Afzal Hossain were present at the event.

Other war veteran family members Surajit Dutta and Karuna Singha Ghosh were also present.

Shamsher Mubin Chowdhury said the government and people of India had a significant contribution to the Liberation War of Bangladesh. Recalling the war, Ahmed Hossain said his family members buried 52 dead bodies of Bangladesh freedom fighters in Shillong.

He said he had conducted relief work in refugee camps at Dawki, Balat and Pamchutia with his own fund.

He played a leading role as a member of Bangladesh Assistance Camp (BAC) formed in Shillong.

His brother Afzal Hossain also played a vital role in BAC. As a chairperson of the Dead Body Burial Committee of Shillong, he buried freedom fighters and refugees with his own money and is maintaining these graves at Mawprem Graveyard.

The 1971 war veteran Anjali Lahiri's nephew Surajit Dutta said his aunty played a crucial role in raising funds and distributing relief in refugee camps.

"My auntie handed out relief materials in the training and operational camps of freedom fighters in Basthala, Tamabil and Mailam," he said. Assam Directorate of Information and Public Relations Senior Information Officer Iftikhar Zaman said the Shillong Times office played an important role in providing meeting place for freedom fighters.

During the five-day tour, the delegation will call on Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma and visit historical places of the state.

The delegation includes Bir Protik Mahabub Elahi, Shafiqul Bahar Mazumder, Subrata Chakravarty, Abul Hashem, Fariduzzaman Khan, Harun Ur Rashid, Najmul Hassan, Gourango               Chandra Das, Hazi Abdul Jalil, Sharif Uddin, Md Shahjahan, Md Abul Bashar, Mohammad Jamal Kha, Bir Protik Anwar Hossain Pahari, youth members Abu Bakar Muhammad Al Amin, Mrinal Banik, Sarder Mahamud Hasan, Jushumoy Dev, journalists Abhijit Bhattacharjee, Md Jannatul Islam, Sunil Singha, Amzad Hussain, Shajahan Molla and Mohammad Salim.