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Month Of Victory

On this day in 1971

Published : 07 Dec 2023 10:26 PM

On this day, December 8, 1971, Chief of Staff of Indian Army Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw asked the occupying Pakistan force to surrender and assures them that Geneva Convention will be followed to treat the surrendered Pakistan troops. This message is broadcasted in Akashbani radio repeatedly.

This day, the joint force of freedom fighters and Indian army stormed different battle fields crushing the occupation forces. Pakistan army and their local associates conceded defeat counting heavy losses in the war.

Pakistan army troops became detached from one another. They have no way to flee back to Dhaka. The allied force officials ask the Pakistan army to surrender. 

General Jagjit Singh Aurora was told to march towards Dhaka with his troops. Meanwhile, a brigade was instructed to march forward towards Mymensingh from Haluaghat.

Troops of General Sagat Singh enter from the eastern frontier and march forward towards the west. A faction advanced towards Ashuganj while another reached Ashuganj Bridge.

On December 8 in 1971, several major areas of the country including Cumilla, Brahmanbaria, Barishal and Chandpur were freed from the clutches of Pakistan army.

This day, Prime Minister of the Mujibnagar Government Tajuddin Ahmad in a radio address on this day called on the democratic forces of the world to follow the example of India and Bhutan in recognising an independent sovereign Bangladesh.

The 57th Mountain division of Indian army reaches Brahmanbaria. Pakistani troops left the district before they reached. Meanwhile, S-Force reach Sarail without any resistance.

In the evening, rebel 11th East Bengal Regiment enter Azampur and Durgapur beside Ashuganj. 2nd East Bengal Regiment and a battalion of soldiers advance in between Sarail and Shahbajpur. 10th Bihar Regiment of Indian army’s 311th Mountain Brigade gather south of Durgapur.

A proposal of immediate ceasefire and withdrawal of Indian and Pakistani troops from Bangladesh was granted in UN general assembly. 

Indian representative in the assembly Sri Samar Sen said that Pakistan had to accept Bangladesh as an independent and sovereign state.

To restore peace in the subcontinent, Awami League chief Sheikh Mujibur Rahman had to be released, he said.