October 17, 1971


What happened on Sunday, October 17, 1971

  • In New Delhi, Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi and Yugoslav President Joseph Tito met with each other. During the meeting, the two leaders exchanged views on the Bangladesh issue.
  • Dhaka city guerrillas launched a surprise attack on the Pak army units patrolling on Mirpur Road in Dhanmondi. Two Pak soldiers were killed here.
  • Mukti Bahini guerrillas ambushed the Pak army with 2” mortars and LMGs near Jagannath Sonapur village in Chittagong this morning. 2 Pak soldiers and 3 militiamen were killed.
  • On the same day, another ambush was carried out at Devpur BOP in Chittagong. 3 Pak soldiers were killed there. Freedom fighter Sepoy Amjad Ali (BDR 11 wing) was seriously injured.
  • A Mukti Bahini team ambushed a patrol of the Pak army at Ramjanpur in Comilla. When the Pak army counter-attacked, there was an exchange of fire between the two sides for half an hour. In this clash, 10 Pak soldiers and 17 Razakars were killed. On this side, one freedom fighter was injured.
  • The Mukti Bahini crossed the border from India in Sylhet, Comilla, Jessore, Mymensingh and Rangpur districts and attacked the Razakars situated in 23 villages. The freedom fighters seized a large number of arms and ammunition and captured hundreds of Razakars through this operation.
  • A group of freedom fighters of Boyra sub-sector of Sector 8, fell into an ambush of the Pak army at Dashatina. 3 Pak soldiers were killed and 2 Razakars were wounded in the exchange of fire between the two sides. The freedom fighters returned to their bases unharmed.
  • In Sector 1, a group of freedom fighters ambushed the Pak army at Purbadebpur. When the Pak army fired back, there was a huge clash between the two sides. One freedom fighter was seriously injured in the clash.
  • Governor Dr. A M Malik lauded the effective role of the Razakars in killing the miscreants at a meeting of Peace Committee members and Razakars, at Mymensingh Circuit House Maidan. He said, “Muslims have never lost a war where traitors did not stab them in the back. The fate of the advocates of independent Bengal will be the same as that of Mir Jafar, Umichand and Jagat Sheth.”
  • M Zaman, a self-proclaimed linguist from Comilla, presented to the authorities a mixed formula of Bangla and Urdu script as a sign of his love for Pakistan. He said that this would increase the understanding and cooperation between the two countries.
  • East Pakistan’s Finance Minister Abul Qasim highlighted the importance of killing the freedom fighters at a gathering of Razakars at Chittagong Muslim Institute Hall, saying, “The number of trained and equipped Razakars at present is 55,000. Considering the need for more of the Razakars, this number will be increased to 1 lakh soon.”

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


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