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Month Of Victory

On this day in 1971

Published : 02 Dec 2023 04:14 PM | Updated : 02 Dec 2023 04:29 PM

On the second day of December in 1971, sensing imminent defeat, Pakistani forces and their local collaborators— Shanti committee (peace committee), Razakars, Al-Badr and Al-Shams had started carrying out mass killing across the country. On the other hand, Muktibahini also killed and arrested many Pakistani occupation forces and took control of many occupied places on December 2.  

According to the Liberation War Museum, on this day on December 2, Muktibahini attacked a Pakistan army camp at Ghorashal in Narshingdi and killed 27 military men. They seized a large number of arms and ammunition.

Muktibahini occupied Azampur Railway Station in Akhaura upazila of Brahmanbaria. 

The Pakistan army, however, gathered strength and recaptured the station. 

Later, the liberation force organised themselves again and drove away the Pakistanis with a three-pronged attack strategy.

In Dhaka, guerrilla freedom fighters destroyed the strongholds of the occupation forces one by one. Journalist Nizamuddin Ahmed sent a detailed report of the situation to the BBC from Dhaka on this day. He reported incidents of bomb blasts in five places in Dhaka.

Muktibahini destroyed Rampura power supply center in Dhaka, five power substations in Chattogram and two petrol pumps through bomb blasts.

Muktibahini guerrillas captured Fatikchhari, Raujan and Dakshin Anwara in Chattogram and fought to death to liberate Patiya.

Muktibahini killed five Pakistan military men at Bijoypur area of Birisiri in Netrakona during an ambush and arrested 21 armed Razakars.

While addressing a meeting in New Delhi on the day, then Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi said hundreds of thousands of Bangladeshis could return home to live in peace if the Pakistan army left Bangladesh.

According to a report published in The Statesman, Indira Gandhi said, “Today we will do what is in our national interest and not what so-called big powers like to do with us. We respect their help, cooperation and friendship but we cannot give up the territorial integrity and sovereignty of the state.”

Pakistan military commander Mosleh Uddin, along with a group of Razakars, went to a village named Kathali of Bhaluka upazila in Mymensingh to loot, vandalise and set fire to the houses. 

Meanwhile, Muktibahini, led by section commanders Gias Uddin and Abdul Wahed, attacked and kill three militia men and seven Razakars.

Leaders of People’s Party and Jamaat-e-Islami in Bangladesh urged President Yahya Khan to attack India on the West Pakistan frontier to preserve the integrity of two parts of Pakistan.

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