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Assam govt accords reception to Bangladesh delegation

  • Jannatul Islam from Assam, India
  • 20 July, 2022 12:00 AM
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Assam govt accords reception to Bangladesh delegation
A Bangladesh delegation pose for a photograph at a reception accorded to them at Gauhati in Assam, India on Monday night. —SUN PHOTO

The government of Assam has accorded a reception to the Bangladesh delegation visiting the state to celebrate the golden jubilee of the country’s Liberation War.

The programme was held during a river cruise down the Brahmaputra at Gauhati end of the state on Monday night.

Assam’s Act East Policy Affairs Department Secretary Manvendra Pratap Singh was the chief guest while Bangladesh Assistant High Commissioner Shah Mohammad Tanvir Monsur was present on the occasion.

Sazzad Alam, a joint secretary to the government of Assam, made the address of welcome focusing on significance of the river cruise to enhance people-to-people bonding.

This visit has been arranged by the Indian government as part of the golden jubilee of the Liberation War, 50 years of India-Bangladesh ties, and ‘Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav’ in India.

In his speech, Assam Secretary Manvendra Pratap Singh said: “There is glorious past of Bangladesh with the region. I hope you will go through the history. We are working together for the progress of the region. And India-Bangladesh relationship will reach new heights in the future.”

Speaking on the occasion, Bir Bikram Shamsher Mubin Chowdhury, who is leading the delegation, expressed his gratitude to the government of India including local authorities in Assam for holding the facilitation for valiant freedom fighters.

“There is a unique relationship between India and Bangladesh. It should be nurtured to take it to new heights under the bold leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina,” he said.

The valiant freedom fighter hoped that the visit in Assam and Meghalaya of North East India will remain as a memorable chapter.

Chowdhury recalled the supportive role of Assam singer Bhupen Hazarika for inspiring Bangladesh freedom fighters during the liberation war.

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.