Agartala: The Bangladesh government is mulling a proposal to construct a memorial at Melaghar in Sonamura sub-division under Sipahijala district in memory of the ‘Mukti Yodhyas’. They selected Melaghar as it was the headquarters of Sector 2 of the Mukti Bahini and many of the assaults against the Pakistani soldiers were conducted from this place during the Bangladesh Liberation War in 1971.
Sahidur Raheman, the assistant attorney general of the Supreme Court of Bangladesh, who is also the prosecutor in the International Crime Tribunal on Thursday visited the spot along with the Assistant High Commissioner of Bangladesh in Agartala, Kiriti Chakma.
Talking to reporters, Sahidur said Bangladesh is going to celebrate the golden jubilee of its liberation and the Bangladesh government is identifying the places that played a significant role in its liberation war.
“Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is interested to construct memorials in these places if the Government of India gives its consent”, he told reporters.
Battalion 4, 9 and 10 of the East Bengal Regiment was raised at Melaghar under the leadership of Major General Khaled and Lt Colonel ATM Haider. ‘Mukti Yodhyas’ from Dhaka, Commilla and Noyakhali Faridpur were based in this camp.
“Melaghar is one of the spot from where the Bangladesh Liberation War started with help from the Indian Army”, Sahidur said. He also had a meeting with the chairman of the Melaghar Municipal Council and all other councillors who assured him of all co-operations if a memorial is built in their area.
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