MAGURA, Mar 8: With the advent of the historic month of March, pro-liberation people in the district have already begun to recall the violent days during the Liberation War of 1971.
At the same time, they remember the contributions of the organisers of Liberation War and freedom fighters with pride and heavy hearts.
Ahead of Independence Day, now they also recollect the unbearable painful memories and crucial tests of their struggling days as well as the supreme sacrifices of their brave sons, who embraced martyrdoms to free their motherland from the clutches of Pakistani occupation army.
According to local freedom fighters, Pakistani barbaric soldiers forced their way to the then Magura sub-divisional headquarters through the then Jhenidah sub-division on April 23, 1971 and launched a huge torture on pro-liberation people in the area.
The freedom-loving people in the district, however, instead of being baffled during those turbulent days began to organise themselves under the leadership of the then top ranking Awami League leaders following the historic address of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman on March 7, they said.
Pakistani occupation soldiers forced their way to Magura through Jhenidah district on April 23, 1971 and launched a huge torture on pro-liberation people in the area.
Former minister late advocate Sohrab Hossain, late member of provincial assembly (MPA) Sayed Ator Ali, late member of parliament (MP) advocate Asaduzzaman and the then Sub-divisional Officer (SDO) Waliul Islam played pioneer roles in organising the pro-liberation people, valiant freedom fighter in Magura Akbar Hossain Mian said.
Besides, late MP Abdur Rshid Biswas, Altaf Hossain, Akbar Hossain Mian, late municipality chairman of Magura Khondokar Abdul Majed, late Tayebur Rahman, Akbar Hossain Mian, Molla Nabuat Ali, late Abdul Jalil Sardar, late advocate Abul Khayer, and late Kazi Yousuf contributed a lot to organising freedom fighters, according to valiant freedom fighter Akbar Hossain Mian.
Fozley Ali, an engineer of the then GK Irrigation project, also played a praiseworthy role in this purpose, he informed.
Commander of Magura district unit Muktijoddha Sangsad valiant freedom fighter Molla Nabuat Ali said, Magura war front was divided mainly into three parts. In Mohammadpur upazila area, late advocate Abul Khayer and Golam Yakub Birpratik led the freedom fighters.
In Sreepur upazila freedom fighters led by valiant freedom fighter Akbar Hossain Mian waged war against the Pakistani soldiers, he said.
In Hazipur area in the then Magura Sadar thana, late Kazi Yousuf and late Khondokar Abdul Majed were the chief and adviser respectively to the freedom fighters while distinguished freedom fighter the then captain of Bangladesh Army Abdul Wahab (now retired Major General) formed a force named 'Eagle Bahini' and played an important role to free Magura from the occupation of Pakistani soldiers, according to Molla Nabuat Ali.
Significant battles during the Liberation movement in the district took place at Mohammadpur TTDC razakar camp, Aralia-Sreemontapur road, Sreepur police camp, Mingram-Mandartala road, Binodpur razakar camp, Magura Ansar camp, Khamarpara, Kdirpara, Nohata-Joyrampur road, Shailakupa police station and Kamanna in Jhenidah district, Nabuat Ali said.
After the fag end of the war, the Indian Allied forces launched fierce air attack on the Pakistani soldiers forcing them to flee Magura in the evening of December 7, 1971 much to the happiness of pro-liberation people heaved a sigh of relief in Magura.