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Bangabandhu's historic March 7 speech made victory evident

By Mamun Islam

RANGPUR, Mar 7, 2016 (BSS) - As the whole Bengali nation was in
unprecedented noncooperation movement since beginning of March in
1971, the historic March 7 speech of Bangabandhu made independence
quite evident.

"The struggle for independence sparked in Rangpur since Bangabandu's
historic March 7 speech when the common people began showing stiff
resistance against the Pakistani junta and occupation forces," said
District Muktijoddha Commander Mosaddek Hossain Bablu.

The people of Rangpur, like the whole Bangalee nation, could guess the
deep-rooted conspiracy of hatred Pakistani President Yahiya Khan who
cancelled on March 1 the scheduled parliament sitting on March 3 in
1971 and declared curfew on the day.

Vehemently rejecting cancellation of the scheduled parliament session,
Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman called strike
on March 2 in Dhaka and March 3 in the country when people of Rangpur
decisively started mobilising them.

"Thousands of people brought out protest processions breaking curfew
in Rangpur on March 3 when the Bangalee nation was in unprecedented
movement against the Pakistani regime with the only target of
achieving victory," Bablu said.

The ultimate struggles factually began in Rangpur from March 3 in 1971
when minor boy Sanku Samajhder, 12, embraced martyrdom as non-Bengali
Behari Sarforaz Khan opened gunfire on him at Alamnagar area in the
protest procession at 9:30 am.

Rangpur turned volatile through sacrificing Sanku along with two of
its other brave sons on March 3 when the situation went out of control
of the Pakistani regime forcing them to declare curfew from March 3 to
March 5 in the city.

"And finally, the historic speech of Bangabandhu on March 7 in 1971 at
the then Race Course Maidan gave the Bengali Nation concrete
directions for achieving independence through the War of Liberation,"
Bablu said.

According to elderly citizens and valiant freedom fighters, convener
of Rangpur unit of Chhatra Sangram Parishad Rafikul Islam Golap
received the flag of Swadhin Bangla and manifesto of independence from
central leaders at Dhaka on March 17 in 1971.

The struggles for independence soon took irreversible shape with
participation of common people en-masse when Rafikul Islam Golap
hoisted the flag of Swadhin Bangla at residence of the Deputy
Commissioner of Rangpur on March 23.

At the same time, Chhatra League leader Elias Ahmed hoisted the flag
of Swadhin Bangla at the Deputy Commissioner's Office as the situation
had been going under control of the independence-seeker Bangalees in
the city.

On March 24, one Sahed Ali, a butcher by profession, suddenly snatched away an LMG from Pakistani soldiers and instantly hit Pakistani Lieutenant Abbas in Nisbetganj area in the city when they were standing by the side of a jeep.

Critically injured Lieutenant Abbas succumbed in the hospital at night on the day and it was the first successful assault of the heroic
Bangalees of Rangpur on the Pakistani occupation forces.

On March 28 in 1971, just after three days of crackdown on March 25 by Pakistani army on innocent Bangalees, over 30,000 of heroic people
demonstrated sparkling heroism while attacking Rangpur cantonment with
indigenous weapons to capture it.

Valiant freedom fighter Majibar Rahman Master said some 600 heroic
sons belonging to the Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, Oraon and Santal
communities embraced martyrdoms in the bid setting up glaring example
of heroism to achieve ultimate independence.

Since the beginning of volatile March, the Bangalees started offering
stiff resistance to the occupation forces and freedom fighters became
insuperable from early December in 1971 when the Indian Mitra Bahini
joined them making victory quite evident.

And thus, the people of Rangpur started fighting heroically since the
March 7 historic speech of Bangabandhu until achieving the ultimate
national independence on December 16 in 1971 through winning the War
of Liberation.