On this day in 1971, valiant freedom fighters hoisted the flag of independent Bangladesh in Panchagarh town by defeating the Pakistan occupation forces.
On November 20 in 1971, the freedom fighters intensified attack on the Pakistani occupation army from three corners of the town.
Freedom fighters entered the town in the morning of November 29.
The victorious freedom fighters, political and students’ leaders and common people hoisted the flag of independent Bangladesh on the soil of Panchagarh town at dawn on the day to celebrate the long-cherished taste of ultimate victory.
Eye-witnesses valiant freedom fighters Ismail Hossain and Ashraful Islam of Panchagarh recalled the exciting moment of entrance of the triumphant freedom fighters and allied forces to Panchagarh town.
“Thousands of jubilant political activists, men, women, adolescents, students and youths, welcomed the entering heroic freedom fighters and allied forces to the town chanting the slogans of ‘Joy Bangla’ and ‘Joy Bangabandhu’ from all-around,” said Ismail.
Valiant freedom fighter Jahirul Islam of Panchagarh said the town was free till April 16 as the occupation forces could enter following stiff resistance created by Police, Army, EPR and Ansar and people against them since March 25 crackdown.
Valiant freedom fighter Rokeya Begum of Dhakkamara area in Panchagarh said the occupation forces set up camps at Talma, Goleha, Mirzapur, Atwari, Moidandighee, Sakoa, Boda, Jagdal, Amarkhana and other places soon after capturing Panchagarh.
“The freedom fighters strategically shifted possessions from Panchagarh town and continued to fight against the occupation forces from Tentulia, Chaulhati, Kotgoachh, Thukrabari, Bhajanpur, Magurmari, Moynaguri, Debnagar, Brahmanpara and other areas.
Valiant freedom fighter Shaykhul Islam of Panchagarh said the Pakistani forces with local collaborators continued to kill thousands of innocent Bengalese, torture women and burn houses in the area in a medieval style until liberation of the town on November 29.
Valiant freedom fighters Abul Kashem of Boda upazila and Ayub Ali of Tentulia upazila said the freedom fighters and allied forces completely defeated the occupation forces and entered the liberated town of Panchagarh at dawn on November 29, 1971.
“Knowing the news, tens of thousands of jubilant people from neighbouring areas rushed to Panchagarh and rejoiced at the liberation chanting sky-cracking ‘Joy Bangla’ and ‘Joy Bangabandhu’ slogans,” Kashem said.
Like in the previous years, the Panchagarh district administration has taken elaborate programmes to celebrate the Panchagarh Freedom Day-2021 in a befitting manner today, reports BSS.
Deputy Commissioner of Panchagarh Md Jahurul Islam said celebration of the auspicious day will begin with placing wreaths at the mural of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in the morning. Wreaths will be placed at the Shaheed Minar and monument of martyred freedom fighters on the ‘’Shaheed Muktijoddha Smritistambha’ premises.
Later, an ‘Ananda Shobhayatra’ with participation of officials and employees, freedom fighters, civil society members, students, teachers, socio-cultural and political activists will be brought out on the streets.
“The district council will host a luncheon for freedom fighters and the district administration organise a discussion followed by cultural function at the Shaheed Minar premises in Panchagarh town,” the DC said.