On this day, December 5, 1971, the sky of Bangladesh was freed as the Pakistan occupation forces suffered a humiliating defeat in the battle with the allied forces.
Almost all of the Pakistan aircrafts destroyed or distressed. Indian fighter jets bomb Pakistani bases all day long, stops the activities of the airports.
According to the Indian Air Force, almost 50 tonnes of bombs dropped within 12 hours on Pak airbases at Tejgaon and Kurmitola. A Pakistan army convoy of 90 vehicles destroyed in the airborne attack.
The attack also destroyed some steamers and launches carrying Pakistani soldiers in Jamalpur and Jhenaidah.
Besides, Pakistan Navy’s pride, ‘PNS Ghazi’, a submarine that US lent to them, was destroyed in Bay of Bengal in an attack carried out by the joint naval force.
The joint naval force advises the vessels of neutral states to leave Chittagong port. The joint command refuses them any security. The Pakistan force turns out weak to defend the port.
The allied force begins march towards Dhaka. They deploy heavy resistance on the highways that connects Dhaka with other districts. Cumilla, Chattogram, Sylhet, Natore, Rangpur and Jashore road routes cut off from Dhaka.
The 57th Mountain Division of Indian Army joined the Muktibahini (freedom fighters) at Akhaura war field. They put up resistance on the south and western part of the area. Facing the heavy resistance, Pakistan army eventually surrendered.
Akhaura was freed on the day while many valiant freedom fighters including Subadar Ashraf Ali Khan, Sipahi Amir Hossain, Lieutenant Badiuzzaman, Sipahi Ruhul Amin, Sipahi Sahab Uddin and Sipahi Mustafizur Rahman were martyred for Bangladesh in the battle.
A number of Pakistani military men escaped to Brahmanbaria after this battle. A total of 160 of them were killed by the Allied Force.