Remembering a Crack Platoon hero
He was a member of the special squad that shook the confidence of the Pakistan occupation army and unnerved them using clandestine commando attacks during the 1971 Liberation War.
"Crack Platoon", as the squad was known, conducted extremely dangerous operations on army convoys and important installations in Dhaka flawlessly. Each successful operation demonstrated that the long-cherished independence was just a matter of time.
Imbued with determination and passion for his motherland's independence, Masud Sadique Chullu joined the band of young guerrillas that eventually became a dreaded force even to the well-trained Pakistan military.
The man, who fought for freedom and dignity of the motherland, breathed his last in 2017. Yesterday was his fourth death anniversary.
Born on March 29, 1945, in Keshabpur of Jashore, Masud was 26, a fresh science graduate from Dhaka College, when he joined the Crack Platoon.
Valiant freedom fighters Shafi Imam Rumi, Bodiul Alam Bodi, Abdul Halim Chowdhury Jewel, Habibul Alam, Kazi Kamaluddin, Shahadat Chowdhury, Fateh Ali Chowdhury and Mofazzal Hosen Chowdhury Maya were some of the members of this famed platoon.
The guerrillas stunned the Pakistani authorities by organising multiple attacks on police checkpoints and electricity substations, highlighting the growing tension in the country.
Prominent war crimes researcher Mofidul Hoque once said the urban guerrilla group, Crack Platoon, was of a special character in the country's Liberation War.
"Crack Platoon is a special and important chapter of the war, and Masud Sadique Chullu played an integral part," said Mofidul, a trustee of the Liberation War Museum.