Netrakona liberated on December 9

Netrakona liberated on December 9

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December 9, 1971 has turned out to be a red-letter day for the people of Netrakona as they were liberated and their soil was freed from the occupation of Pakistani military forces.Every year, the people observe “Netrakona Liberation Day” commemorating the battle which ended with hoisting of the flag of newly independent Bangladesh atop of all the public and private buildings of the district.Like previous years, all out preparations have been completed here to celebrate the red-letter day with pomp and gandeour.  Netrakona district administration and different socio- cultural, political and professional organizations including district Muktijoddha Sangsad chalked out various programmes to mark the day.According to the history of liberation war, the face-to-face fight started in Netrakona government agriculture farm area on the morning of December 9. Earlier, the freedom fighters along with allied Indian forces under the supervision of Indian military officer captain Chowhan cordoned off the district town on the night of December 8.On December 9, a group of freedom fighters led by valiant freedom fighter Abu Siddique Ahmed took up position inside the agriculture farm and started firing targeting the Pakistani forces. After some time, the Pakistani forces aided by Razakers and Al-Badars opened fire on the freedom fighters indiscriminately.At that stage, the valiant freedom fighters did not lose courage and launched counter attack against the enemies with a view to liberating the district from the clutches of the Pakistanis.After an hour-long heavy fighting, the Pakistani forces were defeated and they fled towards Mymensing district. Then, the freedom fighters stormed the district town amid heroic reception and hoisted the national flag with the full- throated slogans “Joy Bangla” ceaselessly.Apart from this, thousands of freedom loving people brought out a series of joyous processions in the town after achieving the great victory of the freedom fighters in the face-to face war.Three freedom fighters Abdur Rashid, son of Saderuddin of village Khatura, Abu Kha, son of late Hasan Kha of village Gabraghati and Abu Siddique alias Satter Mia, son of late Dumon Sheikh of the same village under Sadar upazila laid down their lives in the war.From the very beginning of the war, the Pakistani armed forces set up a big camp in Netrakona town with the cooperation of local collaborators including Razakars and resorted to genocide across the district. They also looted and torched commercial and residential houses of the freedom fighters. -BSS, Netrakona

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