‘Tangail free day’ today
Today is ‘Tangail free day’ as the district tasted freedom from the Pakistani occupation army on December 11 in 1971.
Meanwhile, Dinajpur’s Hakimpur upazila was also liberated on this day.
During the Liberation War, the brave freedom fighters of Tangail created extra ordinary history in various ways and the story of their heroic roles spread not inside the country but also across the world.
The heroism of Kaderia Bahini, led by Abdul Kader Siddiqui, will be remembered in the history of the Liberation War.
The Zila Swadhin Bangla Gono Mukti Parishad was formed in the first of March 1971. Local youths then started organising to fight against the Pakistani army.
Apart from this, the training of the freedom fighters (FFs) was continuing.
In the meantime, the Pakistani army entered Tangail town on April 3 after breaking the resistance of the FFs at Goran-Satiachara in Mirzapur.
Within a few days, Kaderia Bahini, led by the then Chhatra League leader Abdul Kader Siddique, got united and started fighting against the Pakistani army at different places in Tangail.
On the other hand, another group of the freedom fighters, led by late Khandakar Abdul Baten, also attacked the occupation forces.
However, the Kaderia Bahini played the main role of resistance and the Pakistani army made bewildered by their attacks from the all sides.
On December 10, the confidence of the Pakistani army collapsed when around 2,000 paratroopers belonging to Indian allied forces landed at Poulee near Tangail town. The Pakistani army then retreated to Dhaka.
On the early morning of December 11, the brave freedom fighters entered Tangail town while the general people came down to the streets and started celebrating.
To mark the historic day, Tangail municipality has arranged a six-day-long programmes from today at Shaheed Smrity Pouro Udyan in the town.
Meanwhile, Hakimpur upazila, now widely known as Hili, was freed from the Pakistan occupation forces on this day in 1971.
To mark the day, local FFs have organised different programmes including discussion and placing floral wreaths at monument and offering prayers.
On December 11 in 1971, the Indian allied army aided by the freedom fighters forced Pakistan troops to retreat, following fierce fighting for days in Hili under the upazila.
After the Pakistan army started crackdown on the freedom-loving Bangalees on March 26 in 1971, the occupation force created a strong base at Muhara in Hilli area.
Freedom fighters fought several fierce fights with the Pakistani troops in the area while the barbaric forces with the help of their local collaborators killed many innocent people, said Motiur Rahman, a freedom fighter of Dinajpur.
The fights between Indian and Pakistan armies in early December left at least 345 Indian troops killed and 1100 others wounded in Hilli area, said local freedom fighters and liberation war researchers.
In 2012, a memorial was built at Basudebpur village, remembering the days of 1971, said local freedom fighters.