Indian High Commissioner to Bangladesh Vikram Kumar Doraiswami inaugurated a sculpture titled “Mrityunjayi Mitra” at Sitakunda upazila of the district to commemorate the sacrifices made by Indian Allied forces in the Liberation War of 1971.
The Indian envoy inaugurated the sculpture as chief guest in the morning while former minister and Presidium Member of Bangladesh Awami League Engineer Mosharraf Hossain, MP, local MP Alhaj Didarul Alam, President of Chattogram North District Awami League and Chairman of Chattogram Jilla Parisad MA Salam and its Member AMM Dilsad were present as special guests on the occasion.
Speaking on the occasion, Vikram Kumar Doraiswami said, "Heroic freedom fighters and Indian soldiers sacrificed their lives in the area for the independence of this country."
He said: "My father took part in the Liberation War as a pilot. So, I am very proud. Our friendly relationship with Bangladesh is not only historical and cultural, it is a blood relationship."
The Indian envoy said, "The people of this country will not forget the sacrifice of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman for Bangladesh."
"This country has become independent in exchange for the sacrifice of three million martyrs and the dignity of the women. Those who want to hinder the progress of Bangladesh will not succeed," Vikram Kumar Doraiswami added.
On 12 December 1971, the Indian Allied Forces and the Mukti Bahani took up positions at various places in the Kumira area from Chhota Darogarhat in Sitakunda Upazila in preparation for the war and with the help of local patriotic people and attacked on the Pak occupation forces from 10 pm on that day.
This frontal battle was fought from 12 to 16 December and on 16 December Sitakunda was liberated from the Pakistani invaders.
BDST: 2125 HRS, DEC 22, 2020