Lalmonirhat Free Day observed
Lalmonirhat Free Day was celebrated on Thursday amid a daylong programme organised by government and non-government organisations and Muktijoddha Parishad in the town.
Lalmonirhat, a northern bordering district, was freed from the occupation of Pakistani forces on December 6, 1971.
The town was the headquarters of Sector 6 of the freedom fighters.
Lalmonirhat was a railway divisional town, and the Bihari people (Urdu-speaking people) resided there as railway employees.
Pakistani soldiers with the help of the Biharis could easily attack Bangalee people and picked up women for rape.
Rajakars living at Khata Para, Nayeker Tari, Station Colony, Gila Bari, Botrishhazari and Upyeard Colony villages used to help Pakistani soldiers nab freedom fighters.
The occupation forces took Bangalee people to these villages and killed them after brutal torture while the Pakistani military officers raped women at the local railway officers club.
On the night of December 3, the freedom fighters launched attacks on Pakistani soldiers at different places of the district, including Saptibari, Kulaghat and Ambari areas.
Seventeen Pakistani soldiers surrendered to them at Fulgach village on December 4, and on December 5, another 100 soldiers surrendered at other places of the district.
The freedom fighters also took thousand of Pakistani soldiers as captives.
Lalmonirhat was liberated in the morning of December 6 and the national flag was hoisted with the slogan 'Joy Bangla'.
Commander of Lalmonirhat sadar upazila Mukti Joddha Parishad Abu Bakar Siddque told this correspondent that the district town was a safe haven for Pakistani soldiers due to large number of Biharis.