Update December 14, 2015

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Unarmed villagers played heroic role in liberation war

Sumel Sarker

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Unarmed villagers played heroic role in liberation war

14 December 2015, Nirapad News: The unarmed rural people of Jagirpara village under Durgapur upazila of the district raised strong resistance against the tyrant occupation forces in 1971.

The heroic sons of the soil, who were random tortured and whose near and dear ones were killed during the liberation war by the then Pakistani military forces, forged hard-rock unity among themselves and created an extra-ordinary example of building up civilian resistance against the strong Pak-Army.

According to the history of liberation war and freedom fighters statements, during the month of August in 1971, the remote village Jagirpara came under attack by the Pakistan occupation force and the soil of the village was stained with the blood of innocent people as the notorious armed forces carried out genocide there.

Apart from, the occupation forces conducted regular operations or raids in the village for looting food grains, cattle-heads, valuables and money. During the raids, the merciless and gruesome Pakistani soldiers did not even sphere children and women of the village.

The barbaric operations of the military forces caused serious resentment among the villagers. At one stage, a local school teacher namely Tasiruddin organized a close-door meetings with a group of courageous patriotic villagers, told Muktijuddha commander Nurul Amin.

On August 25, 1971, two drunken Pakistani soldiers armed with two automatic rifles came to the village from Durgapur Army camp and started storming several houses of the village one after another for looting valuables or assaulting women.

Hearing the news, the courageous villagers with the help of all the villagers quickly cordoned off a house where the Pakistani soldiers were sitting.

Then, as part of the secret plan of the villagers, the house owner Chototoni Mia and his brother with two sharp axes made a commando-style surprise attack on the Pakistanis.

At the time, other villagers armed with sharp weapons rushed to the scene and snatched the rifles of the soldiers after overpowering them. The angry villagers hacked the soldiers to death and the next day handed over their bodies and weapons to the freedom fighters camp at nearby Indian border.

One day after the incident, the Pakistani forces conducted an operation in the village and burned down almost all houses of the village leaving a trail of devastation there.

However, the heroic action of the civilians against the Pakistani army in the remote village inspired the patriotic rural people of the district as well as freedom fighters at that time to raise resistance against the occupation forces during the remaining of the liberation war.

Recalling the turbulent days of the liberation war, commander of the Muktijoddha Sangsad Netrakona district unit Nurul Amin told this BSS here that the heroic role of the Jagirpara villagers and their commitment for keeping their mind-set ready for making supreme sacrifice for freedom of the motherland had broken the morale of the aimless and characterless Pakistani armed forces.

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