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Lalpur in the War of Independence
Ever since Bangabandhu's historic speech on March 7, 1971, a kind of war preparation was going on in the country. Since the morning of March 26, wireless centers across the country have been shut down, causing anxiety in everyone's mind. Suddenly it was reported through foreign radio that Pak forces attacked EPR head quarters and Rajar Bagh police headquarters in Pilkhana, Dhaka last night and killed many policemen. In the afternoon, the Calcutta radio center was broadcasting repeatedly that civil war had started in East Pakistan and heavy shelling by Pakistan Army along with Police EPR and Ansar forces was going on in small and big cities. Along with that, the song "Amar Sonar Bangla" was also being aired from time to time on Kolkata Radio. On the night of March 26, more news came that Bangabandhu was not to be found, perhaps he had been killed or arrested.
On the evening of 27th March, Swadhin Bangla Betar Center Chittagong was repeatedly heard saying, I am Major Zia--------.
At this critical moment everyone is anxious and want to know what to do now? That same evening--,
In an emergency meeting of Mr. Omar Farooq Sarkar, Dr. Khalilur Rahman, Chairman Hajir Uddin, Dr. Abul Kashem (Retd. Col.), Babu Balai Chandra Saha, Chairman Fazlur Rahman and other leading dignitaries, a defense force was formed with ex-servicemen and Ansars. This army of 16 people, including Muslim Dafadar, Hamidul Haque (Porababu), Waheed, Ajit, Ramchandra, Ah Sattar Ledu, Mahbubur Rahman Sentu, increased to 30 people within a few days. This force was equipped with some (three not three) rifles and some indigenous guns obtained from Gopalpur Sugar Mill and Sarda PTC.
At that time Captain Ghiyas was in charge of freedom fighters to liberate Charghat and Rajshahi city, along with him was Captain Rashid and Naib Subedar Sirajuddin Lashkar of Mirganj EPR Platoon Headquarters. Lalpur Mukti Bahini became stronger with their cooperation and arms. Along with that, only thousands of freedom mad people joined this army with sticks, sticks, bows and arrows.
On the first day of formation of Lalpur Defense Force, this force captured Ishwardi Air Base and placed a bulldozer of Gopalpur Mill on the runway along with covering the runway. 6 Pak Army Ishwardi Airbase surrendered to freedom fighters. Other roads are barricaded by trenches.
Battle of Myna
Meanwhile in Rajshahi city this time the Punjab regiment was commanded by Colonel Baloch and Tuwaisi was Major Raja Aslam. Although Colonel Baloch had some human qualities, Major Raja Aslam and some other officers were cruel in nature. On the night of March 25, their cruelty turned into barbarism and Lalpur Awami League leader MNA Nazmul Haque Sarkar, Abangali Hafiz Sattar, Biren Sarkar Ukil, Shilpa Bank Manager Saidur Rahman and many others were killed by these Khan soldiers.
On the night of 25th March, a group of 130 men from the 25th Punjab Regiment went to Pabna and indulged in massacre. However, 80 out of 130 men were killed and 32 injured by the Mukti Bahini and mob. Major Raja Aslam reached Pabna with more troops and heavy weapons to help them. But seeing the dire situation, he left for Rajshahi with only the injured. They left for Ishwardi after getting the news that the students and people of Natore were protesting on the streets. But after being beaten by the crowd in Dashuria, they took the village route to reach Ishwardi through Gopalpur and Lalpur and were hoping for a "Helisoti" in Ishwardi. When this news reached Lalpur, the then Abangali OC of Lalpur helped the Liberation Army with some weapons.
Khan's soldiers came near the Gopalpur railway crossing and found it barricaded with a wagon. When the station master expressed his inability to move the wagon, one of his sons was shot dead. Meanwhile, thousands of people surrounded them with sticks and sticks and Santal workers with bows and arrows.
After two hours, seeing the situation deteriorating, Khan's army moved eastward with one jeep and six trucks and started shelling at Naimuddin's house in Walia's Maina village. But Mukti could not move the crazy people. Three jets from Dhaka started circling the area. Food and supplies were dropped from helicopters. About 40 people were killed, including a Southal archer. A few 303 (three not three) rifles kept the freedom fighters firing back at them throughout the day. When night fell, the Pak soldiers split into small groups and fled. The next morning, Major Raja Aslam and three more Pak soldiers were caught in the wheat field. They were gunned down after a brief trial at the Lalpur Sri Sundari Pilot High School grounds. The Biharis, including Bihari Idua, were released as they were not found guilty. After this, more Pak soldiers were caught by the crowd and killed. In this way, when the 25th Pajnab Regiment was destroyed, the entire Lalpur area including Rajshahi district was liberated. And the flag of independent Bengal was hoisted all around.
War of resistance in Dhanaidah
Lalpur Shakra was liberated Suddenly news came that Khan army was trying to cross Yamuna from Aricha. On 10th April Lalpur Mukti Bahini Nagar Bari with a truck (No. 12 bed Ford truck) from Gopalpur Mill proceeded to help the freedom fighters and failed after resisting for some time near Dashuria. Abandoning the truck, he was forced to retreat and on April 12, Khan decided to engage the army again near Dhanaidah Bridge on the Dhaka-Rajshahi highway. After resisting for some time with a few three-not-three rifles with a light machine gun, some Sankshaks inflicted casualties on Khan's army but could not withstand their heavy weapons and retreated again, and in this battle about 10]12 people including Mahbabat of Sirajul and Debor Para of Maheshpur were martyred. . Besides, Waheed of Debor neighborhood was also captured and killed by the Khan army.
On the same day, after occupying Pabna and Ishwardi, Khan's army crossed Natore with 200 trucks and buses. Though once again intercepted by the Mukti forces at Puthia and Katidaha, they managed to reach and retake Rajshahi.
Genocide in Lalpur and Lalpur by occupying forces
On April 15, a large convoy of Khan's troops arrived at Lalpur with 58 buses and trucks. They left for Ishwardi at around 12 o'clock in the night after giving their necessary instructions at Lalpur police station.
On 5 May, a group of Pak soldiers surrounded the Gopalpur sugar mill, killed 80 people, including 42 employees, and threw them into a pond. Which is now known as "Shaheed Sagar". On the same day, this gang killed 7 others including Ashraf, Tofazzal, Manik, Sajdar Abul, Sadali Doctor and Elahi Darji in Gopalpur Bazar and shot dead 5 more TomTom riders on Gopalpurulalpur road. On May 29, a group of Khan's soldiers shot and killed more than 50 innocent people in Paytar Para village of Changdhupail Union. The names of 25 people are now engraved on the Shaheed Minar there.
In July, a permanent army camp was established at Lalpur Sri Sundari Pilot High School under Pak Lt. Sawlat Abbas and Punjab Police was deployed at Lalpur police station. Razakar camp was set up in the union.
From May 5th to December 13th, murders, arson and looting continued in some parts of the police station. On July 20 Ramakrishnapur village was set on fire and Abdul Mondal, Bux, Thacher Mollah, Koli and Mozammel were killed.
More than 50 people were killed by indiscriminate firing by surrounding Bilmaria Hut and 22 youths captured from Gopalpur were killed near Lalpur Nilkuthi and some were buried alive. Nurul Islam member of Debarpara was shot dead in Lalpur High School grounds, where the present Shaheed Minar is located, for opposing the Peace Committee.
On December 8, Punjab Police and Khan Sena left the police station. On the 9th, most of the Rajakars also left the police station. On December 10, Mukti Bahini occupied the police station. The crowd erupted in cheers that day. But a bigger blow awaited. Suddenly, on December 13, barbaric Khan's soldiers attacked Maheshpur village and shot 36 people and left quickly.
On the 14th of December the area around Bheramara and Pakshi shook with the sound of air combat and anti-aircraft gunfire throughout the day. Thousands of people from Lalpur gathered on the banks of Padma to witness this scene. Two Indian aircraft continued to attack throughout the day and the Pakshi Hardinge bridge collapsed that day with a loud bang and Khan's army left the area for the last time.
Khan's troops surrendered to the joint command of the Allied and Liberation Forces at Natore on 18 December. The sound of JaiBangla echoes all around. And on December 24th, the flag of independent Bengal was formally hoisted at the Lalpur Sri Sundari Pilot High School grounds after a victory festival, discussion meeting and tributes to the martyrs.
পরিকল্পনা ও বাস্তবায়নে: মন্ত্রিপরিষদ বিভাগ, এটুআই, বিসিসি, ডিওআইসিটি ও বেসিস