October 01, 1971


What happened on Friday, October 01, 1971

  • On the third day of the battle between the Pak army and the freedom fighters in the Nawabganj area of Dhaka, the invaders were firmly defeated by the strong resistance of the freedom fighters. The freedom fighters took control of the entire Nawabganj region. In this battle, many Pak soldiers were killed and at least 30 were wounded.
  • From the areas of Bhaluka, Kashiganj and Trishal in the Mymensingh district, three teams of Pak army soldiers marched towards the Bainda and Baraid areas at the same time. Upon receiving this news, the freedom fighters under command of Kachimuddin, Moneruddin and Hafizur Rahman, led by Company Commander Kashem, blocked the path of the Pak army. In this battle, which lasted for 17 hours, 71 soldiers of the Pak army and Razakars were killed and many others were wounded.
  • A group of freedom fighters attacked the Razakar camp in Mirsarai Durgapur High School. Some Razakars were killed, the rest fled and 7 rifles were seized by the freedom fighters.
  • In Comilla, a group of freedom fighters blew up a bridge near Papulia Bazar on the Lalmai-Sonagazi road.
  • A group of freedom fighters from the Gojadanga sub-sector in Sector 8 launched a surprise attack on the Pak army stationed at Bharukhali. 4 Pak soldiers were killed in this attack. The freedom fighters returned safely to their bases, unharmed.
  • A group of freedom fighters from Sector 2 launched a surprise attack on the Munsirhat Pak army base in Noakhali and captured the base.
  • A group of guerrillas attacked the Razakar training center at Laxmipur Raipur and killed several Razakars.
  • A patrol of the Pak army was attacked by the freedom fighters on their way to the Kumarshail border. Several Pak soldiers were killed in this battle.
  • The Mohanganj police station in Netrokona was attacked by 3 platoons of freedom fighters, along with local freedom fighters, led by Captain Matiar Rahman, the Rangra sub-sector commander of Sector 11. The Mohanganj police station came under the control of the freedom fighters when the invaders retreated after a few Pak army casualties.
  • The freedom fighters carried out a daring operation against the Pak army in the Puttichhara area of ​​Sylhet. 3 Pak soldiers were killed and one wounded in the attack.
  • The freedom fighters of Sector 5 attacked the Pak position of Murabasti. Two Pak bunkers were destroyed but the freedom fighters retreated from the battle when the wireless set of the guerrillas was destroyed in the counter-attack. Some freedom fighters were injured in the clash.
  • A 41-member guerrilla force of the Mukti Bahini left Kasba for Dhaka in two boats after finishing their training. As the fighters approached the Shah Bridge south of Kasba, the patrolling Pak army launched a surprise attack on the two guerrilla boats. 5 freedom fighters were martyred and 3 others were injured in the attack. 15 rifles and 5 stenguns were lost. The rest were able to leave the place safely.
  • Razakar forces attacked the freedom fighters at the Sukanpur railway station in Bogra. Soon after, the Pak Army joined the Razakars. In the combined attack by the invaders and Razakars, 20 heroic freedom fighters were martyred and 20 were taken, prisoner. The aggressors did not only attack the freedom fighters but also the innocent villagers, for giving shelter to the freedom fighters. Many innocent people were killed in this attack by the Pak invaders.
  • To manage guerrilla warfare efficiently the Noakhali Sadar subdivision was divided into 4 parts and 4 people were given responsibility accordingly-
    (A) South-West – Subedar Major Lutfar Rahman;
    (B) East-South – Subedar Waliullah;
    (C) East-North – Naik Subedar Shamsul Haque;
    (D) West-North – Naik Subedar Ishaq;
  • British Foreign Secretary Alec Douglas Hume told a large news conference at the United Nations, “The situation in India and Pakistan is getting worse. I do not expect the situation to improve any time soon. I have been concerned about recent guerrilla activities and sabotage on the Indo-Pakistan border. The guerrillas have recently damaged several relief ships. As a result, the shipping system has come to a standstill.” He called on the United Nations to play an effective role in developing the communication system in East Pakistan. The Pakistani delegation leader Mahmud Ali, who was attending the UN General Assembly, met with British Foreign Secretary Alec Douglas Hume.
  • The UN banned the Bangladesh delegation from entering the UN General Assembly lounge due to Pakistan’s objections. Restrictions were also imposed on the entry of journalists and visitors. Aga Shahi, Pakistan’s permanent representative to the UN, had lodged a written objection regarding these issues a few days ago.
  • A meeting of the executive committee of Jamiat Ulama Islam was held under the chairmanship of Pir Mohsenuddin, the leader of the Peace Committee. The meeting decided that the party would participate in the by-elections.
  • Jamaat leader A T Saadi met with Pakistani students at Columbia University. At the meeting, he called on the students to speak out against the separatists (freedom fighters) in East Pakistan.
  • In an interview with APP, Aung Shu Pru, Minister for Cooperatives, Fisheries and Minorities, said that “India’s propaganda that the country’s minorities are being persecuted is completely false. Members of the armed forces are providing security for their lives and property.”

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


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