RANGPUR, Dec 5, 2022 (BSS)-The victorious freedom fighters heroically liberated Kurigram town by defeating and driving away the Pakistani occupation forces giving local people the taste of final freedom on December 6, 1971.
Although the final victory was yet to be achieved, the flag of the Independent Bangladesh was hoisted by the heroic freedom fighters led by its local Company Commander Abdul Hye, Bir Pratik, on December 6, 1971 on the soil of Kurigram town.
Heroic freedom fighters, who participated in the last moments of battles to free Kurigram town some 51 years ago, became impatient to cherish the memory of that victory.
The triumphant freedom fighters started conducting incessant attacks on the Pakistani forces in Kurigram town after crossing the river Dharla from all sides of the town from December 1 to December 5 causing huge casualties to the Pakistani occupation forces.
Talking to BSS, former Kurigram district unit Commander of Bangladesh Muktijoddha Sangshad (BMS) Sirajul Islam Tuku today said the occupation forces lost moral courage in the fierce battles since December 1 in Kurigram town with freedom fighters.
“The Pakistani occupation forces had to suffer massive casualties in those battles with the freedom fighters round the clock, especially on December 4 and December 5, 1971, making the victory quite obvious,” Tuku said.
Heroic freedom fighter Mohammad Shahabuddin said the Indian allied forces conducted air attacks on the occupation forces in Kurigram town on December 5 completely breaking their backbone and forcing them to surrender or retreat.
“Failing to sustain the repeated fierce attacks of the heroic freedom fighters, the Pakistani forces started leaving Kurigram town by train on December 6 morning with firing in the air in fear of the heroic freedom fighters,” Shahabuddin said.
Kurigram was under sector-6 and sector-11 during the whole period of the War of Liberation and freedom fighter Abdul Hye, Bir Pratik, was the local Company Commander of sub-sector No 1 under sector-6.
“During the War of Liberation, the training camp for the freedom fighters was set up in the occupation-free Roumari area that was detached from the mainland by the Brahmaputra River,” said Hye.
Under the leadership of Abdul Hye, the Pakistani army's strong bases began to collapse following the capture of their Bhurungamari, Nageswari, Chilmari and Ulipur camps by the freedom fighters one after another since the end of November.
“Finding no other alternative, the Pakistani army then established their strong bases in Kurigram town and the freedom fighters decisively surrounded Kurigram town from all directions on December 6 and freed Kurigram town,” Hye said.
Thousands of emancipated people gathered on the victory march to welcome the conquering freedom fighters who entered Kurigram town under the leadership of Abdul Hye, Bir Pratik, at 4 pm on December 6.
“Later, thousands of people and heroic freedom fighters, I hoisted the flag of Independent Bangladesh on the overhead water tank in Kurigram town,” Hye added.
Meanwhile, the district administration of Kurigram, district unit of BMS, Sommilito Sangskritik Jyote, different socio-cultural and professional organisations and political parties have taken colorful programs to celebrate the day tomorrow.