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On this day in 1971

DECEMBER 8

Pakistan army regiments become detached from one another. They have no way to flee back to Dhaka. General Jagjit Singh is told to march towards Dhaka with his troops. Meanwhile, a brigade is told to march forward towards Mymensingh from Haluaghat.

Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw, chief of Indian army, asks the occupying Pakistan force to surrender and assures them that Geneva Convention will be followed to treat the surrendered Pakistan troops. This message is broadcasted in Akashbani radio repeatedly.

Troops of General Sagat Singh enter from the eastern frontier and march forward towards the west. A faction advanced towards Ashuganj while another reached Ashuganj Bridge.

A proposal of immediate ceasefire and withdrawal of Indian and Pakistani troops from Bangladesh is granted in UN general assembly. Indian representative in the assembly Sri Samar Sen says that Pakistan had to accept Bangladesh as an independent and sovereign state. To restore peace in the subcontinent, Awami League chief Sheikh Mujibur Rahman has to be freed.

The 57th Mountain division of Indian army reaches Brahmanbaria. Pakistani troops left the district before they reached. Meanwhile, S-Force reach Sarail without any resistance.

In the evening, the 11th East Bengal Regiment enter Azampur and Durgapur beside Ashuganj. 2nd East Bengal Regiment and a battalion of soldiers advance in between Sarail and Shahbajpur. The 10th Bihar Regiment of Indian army’s 311th Mountain Brigade gather south of Durgapur.

Source: Shafiullah, KM Bir Uttam Major General. Muktijuddhe Bangladesh, Dhaka: Agami Prokashon, 1995: 212.

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