What happened on Tuesday, September 28, 1971
Bangladesh’s first Air Force unit ‘Kilo Flight’ was formed at Dimapur in Nagaland, India on this day. The training started with three non-combat aircraft from India; 1 Alouette III helicopter, 1 Otter DHC-3 aircraft and 1 Dakota (DC-3) aircraft. Squadron Leader Sultan Mahmud, PIA Captain Shahabuddin Ahmed and Flying Officer Badrul Alam took charge of the Alouette helicopter. Flight Lieutenant Shamsul Alam, PIA Captain Akram Ahmed and Civil Captain Sharfuddin Ahmed took charge of the Otter aircraft. Captain Abdul Khaleq of PIA, Captain Abdul Mukit of PIA and Captain Alamgir Sattar of PIA took charge of the Dakota aircraft.
In Sector 11, 3 platoons of guerrillas led by Sub-Sector Commander Captain Matiur Rahman attacked the Dharmapasha police station in Sunamganj from 3 directions. After a strong resistance put up by the invaders faltered and a significant number of Pak soldiers were killed, they fled to Mohanganj in the dark of night. Freedom fighter Moazzem Hossain was martyred in this battle.
A strong contingent of the 4th Bengal Regiment, the Mukti Bahini of Sector 2, attacked the Pak army base at Kayempur. After four hours of fighting, the Pak army could not hold their position any longer and was forced to flee from the Kayempur base. In this battle, 15 Pak soldiers were killed and 30 wounded. One hour later, the Pak Air Force carried out an hour-long air strafing on the freedom fighters’ positions. Shortly after the aircraft went away, several groups of freedom fighters attacked the Pak positions at Kayempur, Sreepur, Moinpur, Kamalpur and Laxmipur, destroying 70 bunkers of the Pak camp and inflicting heavy casualties on the Pak army. The freedom fighters took control of all these areas. The freedom fighters seized machine guns, mortars and other weapons and a large quantity of ammunition from the Pak army. In the air-strafing and other battles, 10 freedom fighters were martyred and 6 others were injured.
In the Khulna region, the invaders attacked the Shyamnagar freedom fighters’ position with artillery, infantry and gunboats. After continuing the resistance for 3 days, the freedom fighters retreated from Shyamnagar for strategic reasons.
Freedom fighters launched a massive mortar attack on the Kaiumpur base of the Pak army near Kasba in Comilla. In this clash, 35 Pak soldiers were killed and 15 others were injured. On this side, a freedom fighter was injured.
Chief Military Administrator General Yahya Khan dismissed 8 officers of the Pakistan Foreign Service for having declared their allegiance to the Bangladesh government. These 8 were A F M Abul Fattah, Ambassador to Iraq, Hossain Ali, Deputy High Commissioner in Kolkata, S A Karim, Assistant Permanent Representative to the United Nations, S A M S Kibria, Councilor in Washington, Mohiuddin Ahmed, Third Secretary and Anwarul Karim.
In a speech, Governor Dr.A M Malik called on the people, “To be vigilant against the activities of the enemies who are trying to destroy the unity and solidarity of Pakistan.”
A statement from the military administrator’s office warned the public that no comments could be made on Sheikh Mujib’s trial.
A delegation of madrasa teachers led by Bogra Madrasa Principal Maulana Nazir Ullah called on Education Minister Abbas Ali Khan. Madrasa teachers told the Minister that they would build resistance in their area against the miscreants.
Translated by Mohammad Towhidul Islam
Editorial contribution by Arghya Raihan
Researched, compiled & Edited by Sagar Lohani
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