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People took war preparation after Bangabandhu's March 7 speech

BARISHAL, March 8, 2015 (BSS) - The freedom loving people of Barisal had started to organize themselves to get prepared for a war to achieve their long cherish independence just after the historic speech of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman on March 7 in 1971.

"The freedom loving people had gathered at the local Awami League leader's residence responding the Bangabandhu's call of building castle at every households ," valiant freedom fighter and member of the then Chatta Sangram Parishad Pradip Kumar Putul told BSS.

He said residence of the then general secretary of Barishal Awami League Nurul Islam Manjur had turned into a meeting point of the freedom loving people. "The residence of AL general secretary was our control room. We used to stay there 24 hours and organize people around the district," he said.

"As Bangabandhu asked us to face enemies with what we have, we started to take preparation for the inevitable war against the Pakistani occupation force. We had no experience of how to do a war,so we started our work under the banner of Chattra Sangram Parishad responding the call of Bangabandhu,"he said.

He said after Bangabandhu's speech on March 7, the number of freedom loving people was increasing every day and at one time it was impossible to accommodate the mass people in front of the residence of Nurul Islam Manjur.

"The crowd was extended up to premises of agriculture office and people used to stay there till midnight," he said.

District Muktijuddha Commandar Sheikh Kutubuddin said as per the call of Bangaabandhu on March 7, Mukti Sangram Parishad was made under the leadership of Awami League at every nook and corner of Barisal and preparation of war was taken place involving ordinary people. After March 7, he said, Sangram Parishad used to organize meeting, procession and programme of songs and poetry recitation everyday to motivate people for the war.

"The final war was started after declaration of Independence by Bangabandhu. People of all walks of life had joined the war," he said.

Pradip Kumar Putul said "this year's March came with a different kind of significance as the trial of war criminals is going on and one verdict has already been executed."

He said everyone expects other verdicts of the trial will be executed this month and the nation will be free from stigma.