By Mamun Islam
RANGPUR, Mar 09, 2015 (BSS) - The people of Rangpur started showing stiff resistance against the Pakistani junta with unprecedented heroism since the beginning of March in 1971 with a decisive struggle for independence.
As on March 1, hatred Pakistani President Yahiya Khan cancelled the scheduled parliament sitting on March 3 in 1971 and declared curfew on the day, the people of volatile Rangpur started sacrificing lives and mobilising themselves decisively.
Instaalntly rejecting cancellation of the scheduled parliament session from March 3 with huge hatred, Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman called strike on March 2 in Dhaka and on March 3 throughout the country.
On March 3 in the morning, thousands of people brought out protest
processions breaking the curfew in Rangpur when the whole Bangalee nation was in unprecedented non-cooperation movements against the Pakistani regime.
At one stage, non-Bengali Behari Sarforaz Khan opened gunfire on the procession in Alamnagar at about 9 am when minor boy Sangku Samajhder, 12, was critically injured and succumbed at 9:30 am.
Sangku glorified the people of Rangpur as well as the whole Bangalee nation through sacrificing life to become the first martyr for independence of the country at 9:30 am on March 3 in 1971.
Besides, the Beharis shot college student Abul Kalam Azad to dead at Batar Goli Mour and stabbed government employee Omar Ali in front of General Boot House on the Dewanbari road by noon in the city.
Another injured student Shariful Alam alias Mokbul later died at Hospital after one month since opening of gunfire on them by the non-Bengali Beharis on March 3.
And thus, the people of Rangpur sacrificed four brave sons while breaking the curfew at the call of Bangabandhu along with many other heroic sons throughout the country on March 3 in 1971.
Rangpur District Muktijoddha Commander Mosaddek Hossain told BSS that Rangpur turned extremely volatile as thousands of the Bangalees had been taking part in dozens of processions breaking the curfew here on March 3.
"The Rangpur people factually started the War of Independence from March 3 through sacrificing lives and started taking part in War of Liberation till achieving the ultimate national independence on December 16," he said.
Accordingly, thousands of the heroic people of Rangpur showed sparkling heroism while attacking Rangpur cantonment to capture it at any cost on March 28 in 1971 just after three days of crackdown on March 25 by Pakistani army.
According to the freedom fighters, 30,000 heroic Bangalee Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, Oraon, Santal and other communities equipped with indigenous, sharp and lethal weapons, spears, arrows and bows gathered at Nisbetganj near the cantonment.
Pakistani Brigadier General Abdullah Malik was the then Brigade Commander of the 23rd Brigade Headquarters at Rangpur cantonment that was equipped with modern automatic heavy arms, artilleries, tanks and ammunitions.
The common Bangalees, thousands in number, continued advancing towards the cantonment from the south and southwestern directions since the afternoon when the Pakistani occupation forces had been preparing to commit genocides.
Some 10 military jeeps with browning machineguns also started taking positions, and at one stage started showering automatic gunfire towards the Bangalees that continued for about five minutes killing over 600 Bangalees and injuring hundreds more.
The vast green grass fields in Nisbetganj area to the south of Rangpur cantonment and adjoining banks of the river Ghaghot soon turned red with flowing bloods of the heroic Bangalees and the air became unbearable with cracking sounds of the injured.
After the March 28 genocide, courageous people of Rangpur, Bangalee Army Officers, EPR and Ansar members, students, farmers, teachers, youths, sociocultural and political activists started fleeing homes to join the Mukti Bahini with a vow to liberate the nation.
And thus, the unprecedented heroism and sacrifice of Rangpur people since March 3 in 1971 ignited real heroism in every Bangalee when they started fighting decisively until achieving the complete independence of the nation on December 16.