MYMENSINGH, Dec 9, 2015 (BSS) - People here will celebrate December 10 as 'Mymensingh Free Day' like previous years as the district was fully liberated from the occupation of Pakistan Army on this day in 1971.
Immediately after the crackdown in 1971, the Pakistan occupation Army made several attempts in vain to enter the Mymensingh town.
First, they tried to enter the district by trains from Dhaka. Having failed to do so, they tried through river routes to take over the control of the district town, a middle point of Mymensingh region. At last they attempted to reach Mymensingh town through Madhupur of Tangail district.
On April 17 in 1971, a fierce battle was fought between Pakistan Army and the freedom fighters at Kalihati in Tangail. The battle continued for five days without any break. It was the first fierce battle between the freedom fighters and the occupation force in this region. However, with the help of sophisticated and superior weapons, the Pakistan Army managed to enter the Mymensingh town on April 22. The freedom fighters built their strong hold at frontier Haluaghat upazila of the district. Many fierce battles were fought in Haluaghat during the nine-month liberation war.
Between May and November in 1971, the freedom fighters and the Pakistan Army locked in numerous encounters at different places of the district and its surrounding areas. In these encounters, the both sides suffered huge casualties. On December 7 in 1971, the freedom fighters freed Haluaghat from the occupation Army and on December 8, Phulpur and Bhaluka upazilas were freed followed by the liberation of Gouripur, Trishal, Iswarganj and Tarakanda areas. The brave freedom fighters forced the invaders to retreat from many occupied areas in the district.
On December 10, the freedom fighters led by Religious Minister principal Motiur Rahman, also president of Awami League district unit, and allied forces marched towards Mymensingh town and freed it from the occupation of Pakistan Army.
Some 125 freedom fighters including students and cultural activists embraced martyrdom in Mymensingh for the freedom of the motherland.
To keep the memory of the freedom fighters and martyrs, a Liberation War Memorial named "Muktijuddah Smiriti Saudha" was built on the bank of the Brahmaputra River in the town in 2000.
Marking the day, Muktijuddah Sangsad's Mymensingh unit and Mymensingh Free and Victory Day Celebration Committee have organized a week-long programme at Chhoto Bazar Mukta Mancha in the town, which will end on December 16.