March 26, 1971: Independence Day

Before being capture by Pakistani forces in the early hours of March 26. The Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman sent a telegram to the people declaring Bangladesh ‘independent’. EPR’s wireless message proclaimed his independence. March 26, 1971: Independence Day.

Sheikh Mujib’s declaration of independence is mentione in the third volume of the Bangladesh War of Independence. Documents publishe by the Ministry of Information of the Government of Bangladesh in 1982. After midnight on March 25, the announcement spread across the country via EPR transmitters in the early morning hours of March 26.

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Sheikh Mujib’s Declaration of Independence was later read by a number of people from a local radio station in Chittagong on 26 and 27 March.

In his book, Witness to Surrender, Major Siddique Salik, a public relations officer for Lieutenant General Niazi, then chief of Pakistan’s eastern military, wrote of the declaration of independence: L. It seems that the words of that voice were recorded earlier. It was in this declaration that Sheikh Mujib declared East Pakistan to be a people’s republic.”

“This is probably my last message,” he wrote in a statement. Bangladesh is independent today. Wherever the people of Bangladesh are, whatever you have, I call on you to deal with the occupying forces. You must continue to fight until the last troops of the Pakistani occupying forces are uprooting from Bangladesh and a final victory is achieved. “

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David Loshak, a journalist and South Asia correspondent for the Daily Telegraph in London, wrote in a wireless message about Bangabandhu’s declaration of independence. Most likely the announcement was recorded earlier.

Bangabandhu’s declaration has also been included in the constitution.

Chittagong received a handbill informing the Chinese that Bangabandhu declared Bangladesh independent on 26 March. An EPR headquarters in Chittagong sent Bangabandhu’s declaration of independence wirelessly to various parts of Bangladesh at the request of the Awami League leader Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury.

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The general secretary of the Awami League of Chittagong district, MA Hannan, read out Bangabandhu’s declaration of independence on Kalurghat radio station in Chittagong at 2:10 pm and 2.30 pm today.

As a vital component of the liberation war and the people, the Kalurghat radio station played a crucial role. In response to the March 7th independence speech and declaration of independence, MA Hannan, Sultan ul Alam, Belal Mohammad, Abdullah Al-Faruq, Abul Kashem Sandwip, and Mahmud Hasan broadcast telegram programs along with their telegram programs related to independence and the war of independence.

Rabindranath Trivedi writes that at 9 am on March 26, Akashvani was broadcast from Kolkata center that war had started in Dhaka and other areas. The news of the Dhaka genocide was broadcast on the Australian radio (ABC) on that day.

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Meanwhile, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was taken captive from Adamjee College inside the cantonment in Dhaka to the Flag Staff House. He was detained there all day and taken to an unknown place in the evening

In the evening on Radio Pakistan, President Yahya Khan called the ongoing Bengal movement a “treason” and “banned” the Awami League.

As soon as the genocide started at night, the Bengalis started resisting in different places. The armed resistance at Rajarbagh Police Lines. Peelkhana EPR did not last long in the face of heavy weapons from the Pakistani army.

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Resistance was formed in different districts including Chittagong and Naogaon, Joydebpur Barisal.

Meanwhile, the genocide that started on the night of March 25 continued on March 26 by the Pakistani army.

Curfew was declared in Dhaka and heavy machine guns and artillery shells were hurled at buildings, slums, and markets. Bengalis were killed by arson and shooting in many densely populated areas of the city.

From the night of the 25th to the dawn of the 26th. There was a frenzy of killing unarmed students, teachers, and staff of Dhaka University. Using various weapons including tanks, automatic rifles, rockets, heavy mortars, and light machine guns.

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The then Iqbal Hall, Salimullah Hall, Jagannath Hall, Surya Sen Hall, Mohsin Hall. Fazlul Haque Hall, Rokeya Hall, and other residential areas of Dhaka University. GC Dev, Dr. Nine teachers, including Muniruzzaman, Anudvaipayan Bhattacharya, Jyotirmoy Guhathakurta (who died after being injured). Were killed by the Pakistanis who broke into the house.

Rokeya Hall of Dhaka University is run by demonic barbarism. The naked bodies of six students were later found tied up in at least one room of the hall.

Most of the bodies of the martyrs of the massacre were buried in the ground adjacent to different halls and bulldozed. In the morning, the soldiers forced the living staff on campus to throw the corpses of the martyrs into the pit. Killed them by standing next to the pile of corpses and killing them by a brushfire. March 26, 1971: Independence Day.

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Jogmaya, the wife of Madhusudan, the founder of Madhur Canteen, Ranjit, the newly married eldest son. Reena Rani, the daughter-in-law, was shot dead in the middle of the house by Pakistanis that morning. Although Madhusudan Dey escaped from hiding, the Pakistanis came back an hour later, grabbed him. Killed him in a brushfire with the university staff and teachers at Jagannath Hall.

Moazzem Hossain, a retired lieutenant commander of the Pakistan Navy, accused in the Agartala case No. 2, was shot dead by Pakistani troops at his home on 36 Elephant Road this morning. His body was taken away in a jeep. The body was not found. March 26, 1971: Independence Day.

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