July 5, 1972
BANGABANDHU VISITS CUMILLA CANTONMENT
Prime Minister Sheikh Mujibur Rahman cautions the members of the armed forces against certain forces who are conspiring to frustrate the hard-earned independence of Bangladesh.
He urges them to remain prepared for a greater sacrifice, if necessary.
Addressing the officers and jawans of Bangladesh Army at the Cumilla Cantonment today, the prime minster pays a glowing tribute to the members of the valiant armed forces for their gallant performances in liberating the motherland from the clutches of the Pakistani occupation force. He reminds them that preserving the independence is much more difficult than achieving it.
Bangabandhu calls for strict discipline in the armed forces. He asks the officers and jawans of the army to set an ideal before the world by their deeds and behaviour as true soldiers of a unique nation that was born at the cost of blood.
He urges the army men to identify themselves with the miseries of common people and perform their responsibilities with utmost sincerity.
The prime minister is presented with a rare gift when he drives to the artillery headquarters to convey his blessings to the members of the 'Mujib Battery'. It is a metal container of the first shell fired on the Pakistani occupation force by the 'Mujib Battery'.
1,680 HOUSES CLEARED OF ILLEGAL OCCUPANTS
Police with the help of Jatiya Rakkhi Bahini have cleared 1,680 abandoned houses of the illegal occupants and recovered 43 motor cars and 6 jeeps in their last week's drive across the country. They have also recovered huge cache of arms and ammunitions and arrested more than 500 persons on different charges.
MOHINI MILLS CLOSED
Mohini Mills is declared closed today for an indefinite period due to shortage of coal. The nationalised industry will lose Tk10,000 daily on account of salaries of the employees only.
21 KILLED, 24 KIDNAPPED IN 8 DAYS
21 people are killed and 24 kidnapped in different parts of the country by unknown miscreants during the period from June 27 to July 4, according to the police sources. As many as 20 were kidnapped in the district of Jessore alone.
SOURCES: July 6, 1972 issues of Bangladesh Observer, Dianik Bangla and Dainik Ittefaq.