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Indo-Bangla war memorial unveiled

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  1. Rock n Rolla

    Rock n Rolla Lt. Colonel STAR MEMBER

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    TURA: It was a historic occasion at Kilapara on Saturday as BSF director general Subhash Joshi and director general of Border Guard Bangladesh Major General Aziz Ahmed unveiled the newly renovated war memorial here.

    "During the 1971 Indo-Pak War, 83 battalion of BSF was deployed in Tura. Many Bengali refugees and high-ranking political dignitaries of then East Pakistan were taking shelter in a refugee camp at Dalu. On May 25, 1971, the Pakistan army launched an attack on border outpost Kilapara. However, it was repulsed twice by the BSF troops despite being few in numbers. Nine BSF personnel even laid down their lives in an attempt to defend the post. It was the sacrifice of the brave BSF troopers which denied Pakistan strategic control over the Dalu-Tura Road in the Liberation War of Bangladesh," a BSF spokesperson said.

    Commandant (Retd) BS Tyagi, the then coy commander of BOP Dalu, was also present during the ceremony. "It was under Tyagi's outstanding leadership, valour and devotion to duty that made the attackers flee Kilapara. His courage and planning saved thousands of Bengali refugees from the Pakistan army," he added. The widow of Captain PC Kalita, who had laid down his life at Kilapara, was also present.

    "During the proceedings, the role and contribution of Mohammed Ashifaq, who had deserted the Pakistani air force and joined Mukti Bahini in Mymensingh was also remembered. He had laid down his life in Pak firing," the BSF official said.

    The inauguration ceremony was marked by "wreath laying" by DG BSF and DG BGB followed by the "shok shastra", which is a drill carried out for paying respect to the martyrs.

    DG BSF described the war memorial as "a constant reminder of the great sacrifices made by the brave soldiers of the BSF during the 1971 Indo-Pak War. DG, BGB stated that BSF has a very important place in their hearts of Bangladeshis for their instrumental role in the Liberation War of Bangladesh. He wished that the bonding between the two border guarding forces would continue with the same spirit, a BSF release read.

    Indo-Bangla war memorial unveiled - The Times of India
     
  2. S K Mittal

    S K Mittal Major SENIOR MEMBER

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    It will surely give emotional boost to Indo-Bangla relations.

    Jai bangla jai bharat.
     
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