RANGPUR, Dec 2, 2016 (BSS) - The freedom fighters along with the allied forces bravely liberated Thakurgaon town from the clutches of the Pakistan occupation forces on December 3 in 1971.
District Muktijoddha Sangshad and different organisations will celebrate tomorrow Thakurgaon Freedom Day through various colourful programmes.
According to Deputy Commander of Thakurgaon District Muktijoddha Sangshad Abdul Mannan, Thakurgaon remained free up to April 14 as the Pakistani occupation forces could not enter the town following stiff resistance of the freedom fighters.
"But on April 15, the occupation forces entered Thakurgaon with heavy armaments. At that situation, the freedom fighters took positions in occupation-free Tentulia frontier areas," he said.
Former Commander of Ranisonkoil Upazila Muktijoddha Sangshad Sirajul Islam said that Thakurgaon was under Sector no- 6 during the War of Liberation under command of Sector Commander Squadron Leader M. Khademul Bashar.
"When victory was gradually becoming imminent, the Pakistani occupation forces began to retreat. On November 29, Panchagarh Thana was liberated, then the occupation forces set up their camp at the then Thakurgaon EPR camp," he said.
During the retreat, the occupation forces blew up Bhulli Bridge on November 30 and laid many underground mines at Salandar area near Thakurgaon town to create hindrance to entrance of the freedom fighters.
"After quick repair of the Bhulli Bridge, the freedom fighters tried to enter Thakurgaon, but they faced impediment due to underground mines placed in the area," he said.
Elderly citizens Abdul Mannan of village Bhandara and Mohsin Ali Sarker of Haripur said that two tanks of the allied forces were destroyed due to mine blasts and the mines were removed soon under leadership of Muktijoddha Commander Mahbub Alam.
Sensing their defeat, the Pakistani forces retreated further and set up their base at the 25-mile point on the Thakurgaon-Dinajpur highway on December 2 after heavy shelling by the allied forces, they said.
Eyewitness Professor Mantosh Kumar Dey said that the triumphant freedom fighters and allied forces coming from Tentulia frontier entered Thakurgaon town on December 3. Thousands of common people welcomed them chanting slogan 'Joy Bangla.'
"The freedom fighters and allied forces, after defeating the Pakistani army, and crushing their defenses at Panchagarh, Moidandighee, Boda and Bhulli, entered Thakurgaon from the northern side," he said.
Afterwards, other contingents of the freedom fighters coming from Atwari, Ruhea, Akhanagar, Baliadangi and Lahirihat also entered Thakurgaon town from the western side on the day.
"The freedom fighters along with thousands of common people paraded different roads of Thakurgaon town chanting victorious slogans and hoisted the victory flag at Chowrasta Mour," said eyewitness Abdul Latif of Thakurgaon town.