What happened on Sunday, September 26, 1971
After the dire fate of the Pak soldiers on the ML Pointer in the battle of 24-25 September, the Pak army advanced towards Nawabganj in another launch. Another guerilla group attacked them, and in response, the Pak army quickly turned the launch around and retreated.
In Sector 1, a guerrilla group of the Mukti Bahini attacked the Guthuma Pak BOP in Sylhet. 2 Pak soldiers were killed.
On this day, some Pak soldiers were killed in a guerrilla ambush at Debipur.
Several Pak soldiers, including a JCO, were killed when guerrillas attacked them while they were performing a roll call at Andharmanik BOP on the banks of the Feni River.
In Sector 2, a group of 250 Pak soldiers and Razakars marched towards Ramganj Bazar. Upon receiving this news, a group of 50 freedom fighters prepared an ambush for the Pak army east of Ramganj Bazar. When the Pak army came into the ambush zone, the freedom fighters attacked them. 20 Pak soldiers and Razakars were killed and 27 wounded.
The freedom fighters of Sector 9 captured 6 launches in the Khulna region with sporadic attacks on the Pak army at different times. On these 6 launches, 50 Browning anti-aircraft machine guns in total and 10/12 freedom fighters with LMG and various weapons in each launch were deployed. As a result, the launches were transformed into gunboats. When these launches were to be activated, it would be easier for arms and supplies to reach different areas in Sector 9, and to patrol the open areas. As a result, the aggression of the Pak army in this region decreased.
In Sector 4, a group of 60 freedom fighters carried out an operation against the Pak army stationed at Kumarshail tea garden. The two sides exchanged fire for two and a half hours. 9 Pak soldiers were killed and several others were injured in the clash.
Md. Rafiqul Alam took charge as the commander of the Bravo company in the Tamabil sub-sector of Sector 5.
In the Banpur sub-sector of Sector 8, a platoon of freedom fighters attacked the Pak army at their Duttnagar base. 2 Pak soldiers were killed and 2 others were injured in the clash.
Mukti Bahini guerrillas attacked the residence of Dhaka City Muslim League president Mohammad Hossain at Gopibagh in Dhaka. The guerrillas exchanged fire with the guards at the house. However, no casualties were reported.
Freedom fighters carried out a daring operation upon four boats loaded with food and weapons for the Pakistanis, on the Madhumati river in Roychandrapur, Gopalganj subdivision. In this operation, two boats of the Pak army were sunk and 15 Razakars and 2 Punjabi policemen were killed.
At the Rajshahi border, freedom fighters pulled off a surprise attack on a group of Pakistani soldiers. All the Pak soldiers were killed in this attack.
Freedom fighter Ayub of Section 2 of Rajshahi blew up 2 electricity pylons near the Cadet College.
Governor Dr. A M Malik launched a special program on Radio Pakistan to broadcast an anti-liberation campaign. At the inaugural function, the governor urged students to attend their educational institutions without taking part in any separatist activities.
A party of Jamaat-e-Islami members visited London. At a meeting there, visiting Jamaat leader Maulana Khalil said that no power in the world could divide Pakistan. Another leader, Maulana Hamidi, completely denied the reality of the struggle for freedom, saying that so-called Bangladesh did not exist.
At a press conference in Sargodha, West Pakistan, Mufti Mahmood, general secretary of the Jamiat Ulma Islam (Hazaravi), called for the immediate lifting of the ban on politics to create an environment for by-elections. He termed the cabinet formed in East Pakistan as illegal and demanded its cancellation. He claimed that “The cabinet will influence the upcoming by-elections.” He demanded the formation of a civilian government in West Pakistan. His party’s West Pakistan general secretary Gauss Hazaravi said that only Jamaat members had been recruited by the Razakars. He demanded that members of other parties be recruited in the Razakar forces.
Translated by Mohammad Towhidul Islam
Editorial contribution by Arghya Raihan
Researched, compiled & Edited by Sagar Lohani
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