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Stiff resistance for independence since March in Rangpur

By Mamun Islam

RANGPUR, March 10, 2016 (BSS) - The independence-seeker common people of Rangpur started showing stiff resistance against the Pakistani occupation forces since beginning of volatile March in 1971 igniting the struggle for independence.

Like the whole Bangalee nation, the people of Rangpur understood 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 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 started mobilising them decisively.

Valiant freedom fighter Majibar Rahman Master and Motiar Rahman said
thousands of people brought out protest processions breaking the curfew in Rangpur city on March 3 as part of the nationwide unprecedented movement against the Pakistani regime.

The Pakistani army got frightened witnessing heroism of the Bangalees on that day when Rangpur sacrificed lives of its three heroic sons Sanku Samajhder, Abul Kalam Azad and Omar Ali during the curfew breaking processions.

Being organised, some 30,000 Bangalees attempted to capture Rangpur
Cantonment on March 28 in 1971, just after 3 days of March 25 crackdowns, when 600 of them were gunned down by the Pakistani occupation forces at Nisbetganj area in the city.

Noticing the insuperable heroism among Rangpur people since beginning of volatile March, the Pakistani occupation forces with their local
collaborators started cleansing local intellectuals along with innocent Bangalees of this volatile region.

District Muktijoddha Commander Mosaddek Hossain Bablu said the Pakistani hyenas with local collaborators, including non-Bengali Beharis, here caught 11 brilliant Bangalee intellectuals from their houses on March 27 in 1971 in a pre-planned manner.

The occupation forces forcibly took them to Rangpur cantonment and
conducted barbaric physical torture on them causing unbearable pains for their active role in noncooperation movement and uncompromising patriotism.

Fearing threat of patriotism from the intellectuals, the Pakistani blood-hungry occupation forces with collaborators took them to 'Dakhiganj Shwashan Baddhyabhumi' in the city on April 4 in 1971 and gunned them down to make the Bengali nation talentless.

Incredibly, one of them, then Awami League leader Dr Dinesh Chandra
Bhowmick alias Mantu Daktar, who received severe injuries as eight bullets penetrated his body, escaped death despite indiscriminate firing at him along with the other intellectuals.

"Later, he joined the 'Mukti Bahini' after getting proper treatments in neighbouring India and fought the War of Liberation to liberate the country from the Pakistani occupation forces by killing many enemy soldiers in the war fronts," Bablu said.

The martyred intellectuals are Advocate Mahfuz Ali Zorjes, Durga Das
Adhikari, Dhirendranath Shanti Chaki, Khitish Halder, Gopal Chandra, Ehsanul Haque Dulal, Tofazzal Hossain Moharram, Rafikul Islam, Uttam Kumar Adhikari and Pagla Darbesh.

President of Rangpur unit of 'Ghatok Dalal Nirmul Committee' Dr Mofizul Islam Mantu said genocides of the ten intellectuals triggered heroism in every Rangpur people instantly inspiring them to launch stiff resistance for independence.

Like in other places, the occupation forces with local collaborators
committed horrific crimes against humanity through genocide of 1,200 innocent Bangalees at Padmapukur and Jharuarbeel areas Badarganj upazila here on April 17 in 1971.

Valiant freedom fighter Abdus Sattar, Professor Anwarul Islam and Professor Messer Uddin of Badarganj said the area turned into mass slaughtering ground when fresh bloods of the innocent Bangalees turned the grasses and waters there into red.

"The occupation forces got frightened witnessing heroism of three martyred sons of Rangpur on March 3, ten intellectuals on April, martyrdoms of 1,200 Bangalees on April 17 in 1971 and started conducting indiscriminate genocides in the region," they added.

The continuous genocides sparked real heroism in every Bangalee when
hundreds of people fled homes to join Mukti Bahini, created fierce resistance against the occupation forces and fought till achieving the independence.

And thus, the people of Rangpur started sacrificing lives and fighting
decisively since beginning of volatile March 3 until achieving the ultimate national independence on December 16 in 1971 through winning the War of Liberation.