What happened on Thursday, September 23, 1971
Two companies of freedom fighters launched a massive artillery attack on the Ballabhpur and Champaknagar Pak positions on the Chittagong border, at around 3.30 am. The freedom fighters suffered heavy losses in the Pak counter-attack. 1 freedom fighter was martyred and 2 others were injured, with 1 of the assisting Indian soldiers also being injured.
2 Pak soldiers were killed in an ambush by freedom fighters at West Debipur.
10/12 raiding parties went into action to keep the freedom fighters’ transportation paths free and open in the Kasba area. Several Pak soldiers were killed and a vehicle was destroyed in the attack of the raiding parties on nearly 20 Pak positions in the area.
In Sector 2, a platoon of freedom fighters and 16 guerrillas led by Lt. Imamuzzaman launched a surprise attack on the Govindamanikya Dighi base of the Pak invaders, armed with mortars and rocket launchers. The attack destroyed several bunkers in the Pak army base; killing 15 Pak soldiers and wounding 10 others. After an hour of fighting, the freedom fighters returned to their positions safely.
A platoon of freedom fighters set up an ambush at Deotali in Kumarshail. When a group of Pak soldiers approached the Kumarsail mosque, the freedom fighters attacked them. 8 Pak soldiers were killed and 10 wounded.
Another group of freedom fighters attacked the Pak Rangers in an ambush on Kumarshail tea garden Road, killing 2 Rangers on the spot. Several Rangers were injured when they entered the minefield offset by the freedom fighters while fleeing the ambush.
On their way to Ramganj in Noakhali, the Pak army came under attack by the freedom fighters. In this attack, 22 Pak soldiers and Razakars were killed and 25 others were injured.
Freedom fighters attacked the Pak army position at Daulatpur police station in Manikganj. The freedom fighters captured 75 policemen and Razakars and seized a large number of arms and ammunition.
In Sector 6, freedom fighters launched a high-risk operation against the Pak aggressors’ position near Panchbibi. 6 Pak soldiers and 2 Razakars were killed.
The Government of India decided to raise the ‘Bangladesh Question’ in the UN General Assembly.
Mahmud Ali elaborated on the contentious situation in East Pakistan during a private meeting with delegations from Niger, Jordan and Indonesia at the UN headquarters. He urged them to persuade India not to interfere in the internal affairs of his country. He said that “After the Soviet-India military pact, India has lost its status as a neutral country and the non-aligned countries should stay away from India.”
Non-Bengali (Bihari) leaders led by M R A Rezvi met with Education Minister Abbas Ali Khan in Mohammadpur, Mirpur and old Dhaka.
Translated by Mohammad Towhidul Islam
Editorial contribution by Arghya Raihan
Researched, compiled & Edited by Sagar Lohani
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