September 29, 1971


What happened on Wednesday, September 29, 1971

  • After the failure in three operations, the Pak army tried to attack the freedom fighters’ position in the Nawabganj area of ​​Dhaka from three directions, through the Bara Khal and Arial Bill. But this time too they failed against the resistance of the freedom fighters. The invaders occasionally retreated to gather strength and returned to attack. The guerrillas continued to counter the Pak attack from their strong position. The battle went on in this manner.
  • In Mymensingh, freedom fighters led by Company Commander Abul Kashem and Platoon Commander Moniruddin attacked the Bhaluka base of the Pak army. In this attack, 4 Pak soldiers and 3 Razakars were killed.
  • A train carrying Pak army soldiers was partially destroyed in the blast from a mine planted by guerrillas on the railway lines near Nasratpur station in Bogra.
  • In the Purbamadhupur area of ​​Chittagong, three Pak military vehicles were ambushed by guerrillas at around 5 am. The Pak soldiers suffered no casualties, but two of the vehicles were destroyed.
  • Around eleven o’clock that night, two groups of freedom fighters attacked the Pak defense forces at Ballavpur and Chagalnaiya each. Although the Pak army suffered no casualties at Ballabhpur, several invaders were killed and 7 wounded at Chagalnaiya. The artillery unit of the Indian Army assisted in the attack.
  • At around 7 pm, the B Company of the 4th Bengal launched a surprise attack on the Nayanpur position of the Pak army. The artillery unit also assisted in this attack. The battle lasted until about two in the morning of the 30th. In this six-hour battle, the guerrillas killed 10 Pak soldiers, wounded 15 and captured 6 others. They also seized many weapons. The Pak army bolstered their strength by bringing in more troops from Masirhat and launched a counter-attack against the freedom fighters. The freedom fighters faced the attack bravely. But in the end, when the ammunition of the freedom fighters ran out, they had to abandon their position, though they returned to the original position safely. 1 freedom fighter was martyred and 11 others were injured in this clash. During the battle, a Pak Army supply trolley on its way from Munsirhat to Belluniya was destroyed by a mine planted by the guerrillas. The ammunition and rations loaded in the trolley were also destroyed.
  • The Government of Pakistan appealed to Secretary General U Thant to ban the Bangladesh Government’s representative M R Siddiqui him from entering the UN premises.
  • In a letter to Justice Abu Sayeed Chowdhury, British Labour Secretary Tim Reid asked him to attend a party conference in October.
  • In Rawalpindi, it was officially announced that 20 witnesses had so far testified in the case filed in a special court against the Chief of the now-defunct Awami League Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, who had been accused of declaring war on Pakistan.
  • A cabinet meeting chaired by Dr. A M Malik was held in the  Secretariat Cabinet Room. The ministers decided to reduce their salaries by 5 to 10 percent to show their commitment to wartime austerity and patriotism.
  • The Peace Committee of the Dilkusha Union Branch welcomed the Ministers at Curzon Hall. During the meeting, which was chaired by Ghulam Azam, Shamsul Haque said that “They are not allowing the United Nations, the Red Cross, any journalists or humanitarians to enter the country, because they think that India’s malicious intentions would then be exposed.”
  • Speaking at the Moscow University on this same day, Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi said, “The efforts of the Indian people have often been thwarted by various external pressures. In our general election earlier this year, the people of India gave us the mandate to take our country forward. We have emphasized improving the economic situation. It was at such a time that a new kind of infiltration began across our borders. These are not armed people. A vast influx of terror-stricken helpless women, men and children from East Pakistan continued to filter through our border. Many of them are injured, sick and all are hungry. In the last six months, 9 million people have come and they are still coming. Has there ever been a greater mass migration in history? When millions of people are pushed to the borders of another country, the normal life, plans, security and peace of the people of that country are threatened. We are showing maximum tolerance. But if necessary, steps must be taken, with the people concerned, to find an acceptable political solution immediately to address the root cause of the crisis. . Unfortunately, no such attempt is being made. It is the responsibility of the world to help create an environment to activate the process of repatriating the refugees, with security and dignity, without further delay.”
  • The Soviet-Indian joint statement issued from Moscow said that the two sides fully agreed that the impact of the agreement was immense and of historic significance to both countries and that the agreement would strengthen the existing friendship, mutual respect, trust and neighborly cooperation between the two countries. The agreement ensured that the Soviet-Indian friendship was not based on a temporary situation but on the long-term mutual benefit of the peoples of the two countries, the multifaceted cooperation for economic and social progress, and the peace and security of the two countries. Both sides declared their determination to develop Soviet-Indian relations by the terms and principles of the agreement.”

Translated by Mohammad Towhidul Islam
Editorial contribution by Arghya Raihan
Researched, compiled & Edited by Sagar Lohani


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