October 13, 1971


What happened on Wednesday, October 13, 1971

  • On this evening, Mozammel Haque, a teenaged freedom fighter, passed through the Banani Cemetery, evaded the Baloch Regiment’s strict guard over the house and entered the drawing-room of Abdul Monem Khan, Muslim League leader and the former governor of East Pakistan, and shot him with a single bullet from a Sten gun. The injured Monem Khan died at Dhaka Medical College Hospital later that night.

To get the details of the Monem Khan Operation please read 
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  • At 5:30 pm, two Baloch companies of the Pak army, with the help of the artillery forces, launched a fierce attack on the position of the freedom fighters in Kasba. The 4th Bengal D Company confronted the attack with courage and conviction. After about an hour of fighting, the Pak army was unable to withstand the fierce counter-attack from the freedom fighters with the help of artillery and was forced to retreat. About 45 Pak soldiers were killed in the battle. The Mukti Bahini seized 15 G3 rifles, a 3” mortar and 3,500 rounds of 7.62 round ammunitions and eight 3” mortars. 9 Pak bunkers were also destroyed. Two freedom fighters were martyred and one was injured in this fierce clash.
  • On 12 October, guerrillas killed a notorious Pak collaborator, in Lemua in the Feni. The next morning, a powerfully armed group of Pakistanis arrived in the area and began brutalizing the local population. The guerrillas of the area, about 50 in all, joined together to stop the Pak army. After four hours of fighting, the Pak army fled the battle. About 7 Pak soldiers were seriously wounded here. Several weapons came into the possession of the freedom fighters.
  • In the Sylhet region, the commander of the of ‘Z’ Force’s 3rd Bengal’s ‘A’ company, Captain Md. Atahar Hossain and the commander of the ‘B’ Company, Major Akhtar Hossain, were ordered to attack Chhatak. According to the plan, they set up at Vijayanagar, behind the battalion headquarters. The A and B Companies themselves continued their journey towards Chhatak and took up a defensive position on a hill slope on the east side of the factory very close to the boundary wall of the Chhatak Cement Factory. From there, using 106 and 75 mm recoilless rifles, they destroyed 5 to 6 bunkers of the Pak army. When the soldiers inside the bunkers came outside to escape, they were targeted with LMG gunfire; many Pak soldiers were killed here. As a result of the attack, a Pak vessel loaded with weapons sank in the river.
  • The position of the Pak army on the other side of the river was consolidated. They brought in extra troops and cannons from Sylhet. With the help of artillery, they started firing at the guerrillas from all sides. After six days of intense fighting, the two Companies returned to Baliura.
  • The freedom fighters returned from the battle of Chilmari port with prisoners of war, weapons and ammunition. The notorious Razakars Wali Mahmud and Pachu Miah were executed here on this day as per their sentence. Among the prisoners of war, several Razakars joined the Mukti Bahini.
  • Two separate clashes took place between the Pakistan Army and the Mukti Bahini in the north of Sunamganj. About a thousand freedom fighters split into two groups and entered half a mile into the border with India and attacked the Pak army base there. Freedom fighter Captain Abbas was martyred in this clash.
  • A group of Pak army and Razakars from Bhaluka in Mymensingh camped at the government house in Meduari village. A group of freedom fighters carried out a surprise attack on them. After about two and a half hours of exchange of fire, 6 Pak soldiers were killed and the rest managed to escape.
  • In Mymensingh, freedom fighters launched a surprise attack on the Pak army stationed at Gauripur police station. The freedom fighters seized some weapons from the Pak army here.
  • In the Rangpur district, freedom fighters ambushed a group of Pak soldiers on the Bhurungamari road. 3 Pak soldiers were killed and 4 others were injured in the ambush.
  • Lt. General Niazi went on a supervisory trip to oversee the activities of the army and the Razakars in the eastern border areas, including Comilla. “We cannot allow our descendants to be enslaved,” he told a gathering of Pak soldiers and Razakars in Comilla.
  • At a meeting in Khulna, Revenue Minister Maulana A K M Yusuf praised the work of the Razakars and said that “The way the Razakars are working to eradicate miscreants and Indian agents are bound to restore peace in the country. They are resisting the miscreants by risking their very lives.”
  • Mahmud Ali, a member of the Pakistan delegation that attended the UN General Assembly, returned to Karachi. He told reporters in Karachi that, “The conspiracy by India and its collaborators has been exposed to the world.”

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


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