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Bangladeshi liberation fighters go nostalgic on visiting training camps in Jalpaiguri

March 29, 2011 - Jalpaiguri (wb),

Mukti Jodhas (liberation fighters) from Bangladesh, who were among those who played a pivotal role in the liberation of Bangladesh in 1971, took a time machine ride when they revisited the spot which was used as their training camp then.

Mukti Jodhas' Major Moinuddin Ahmed said that coming back to Jalpaiguri, where they undertook training to fight Pakistani military forces back in their country was a memorable day and he again feels as young as he was back then.

"We are now in nostalgia. We have come here to fill our hearts with yester year memories," said Moinuddin.

Thanking the Indian Army for providing the training Lieutenant General Anisur said that the army officers then made good Guerrilla warriors out of them.

"These memories are so unbelievable I wish I could be again go 40 years back when I was student of Dhaka University. I fled from the country leaving parents and kith and kin behind and knowing the disasters they were doing. We had so much of our training here. We are grateful of the Indian officers, we were given so much of training that in just fifteen to sixteen weeks we were made as good gorilla commanders, said Anisur.

The group of 21 Mukti Jodhas accompanied by their wives also played tribute to the martyrs of the 1971 war that brought Bangladesh in existence.

Around 130 young men in 1971 took training under Indian soldiers for 96 days to drive away Pakistan rule from their country.

The men divided in two batches of 61 and 69.

The borders of present-day Bangladesh were established with the partition of Bengal and India in 1947, when the region became East Pakistan, part of the newly formed nation of Pakistan.


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