Monday, 15 July, 2024, Reg No- 06
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Honouring Elyas Ali

The rediscovered hero of the Liberation War after 53yrs

Published : Saturday, 15 June, 2024 at 12:00 AM  Count : 157

The rediscovered hero of the Liberation War after 53yrs

The rediscovered hero of the Liberation War after 53yrs

The courageous story of Elyas Ali, a valiant member of the East Pakistan Rifles (EPR), is a significant chapter in the tales of the Liberation War. Hailing from Raniganj in the Shibganj upazila of Chapainawabganj, Elyas Ali was on leave at home when the war broke out. Despite being with his family, he answered the call of duty, returning to the battlefield, never to come back even after Bangladesh gained independence.

For 53 years, his family could only speculate about his fate, piecing together his journey across various war fronts. It wasn until they found a book that they discovered the true extent of his heroism and sacrifice. The book provided a vivid portrayal of Elyas as a heroic freedom fighter who had given his life for his country.

Elyas Ali left behind his wife, Saleha Begum, and their three children. Among them is his eldest son, Dr Md Shafiqul Alam, now the Registrar of Bangladesh Open University. Dr Alam recalls the long years of his fathers absence and his mothers enduring hope that her husband might someday return.

Their search for answers took a significant turn when they came across "The History of the Liberation War in 1971," written by local author Nijam Uddin. While reading, Dr Alam discovered his fathers name mentioned as an EPR martyr honored by Thana Commander Bir Muktijoddha Nizam Uddin.

In the book, Dr Alam found detailed accounts of the EPR troops courageous battles, including his fathers final stand. It described the tragic events of April 19, when Pakistani forces launched a sudden attack on the Dabba Garden area.

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