RANGPUR, March 27 (BSS) - The people of Rangpur will observe tomorrow the 42nd anniversary of sparkling supreme sacrifice of the heroic Bangalees while gheraoing Rangpur Cantonment on March 28 in 1971 through various programmes.
As per a previous plan, the Bangalees irrespective of caste, creed and religion offered stiff resistance to Pakistani occupation forces attempting to capture the cantonment on March 28 in 1971, only three days after March 25 crackdown on the nation.
Over 30,000 Bangalee Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, Oraon, Santal and ethnic communities equipped with indigenous and lethal weapons, spears, sharp weapons, arrows, bows and clubs marched for capturing the cantonment.
According to the Freedom Fighters (FFs), elderly citizens and the book 'Juddhe Juddhe Swadhinata' written by Major Nasir Uddin, thousands of Independence- seeker Bangalees had been assembling to capture Rangpur Cantonment at any cost.
The 23rd Brigade Headquarters of Pakistan Army was then stationed at Rangpur and the Third Bengal, 26th Regiment at Syedpur, 23rd Cavalry Regiment and its associate forces and 29th Tank Bahini were under its command.
Pakistani Brigadier General Abdullah Malik was the then Brigade Commander of the 23rd Brigade Headquarters and the Cantonment was equipped with the latest and modern automatic heavy arms, artilleries, tanks and ammunitions with huge Pakistani forces.
Thousands of Bangalees continued advancing towards the cantonment from the south and southwestern directions since the morning when the occupation forces had been preparing to commit genocides.
Some 10 military jeeps with browning machineguns 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 genocide was committed by the Pakistani Army led by war criminals Brigadier General Abdullah Malik, Colonel Sagir and other Pakistani Army Officers and their collaborator Behari soldiers and officers.
The genocide sparkled real heroism in sleeping every Bangalee of Rangpur, Bangalee Army officers, EPR, politicians, students, teachers, farmers, youths, lawyers and socio-cultural activists when started fighting till achieving the Independence on December 16,
Since then, Rangpur people have been commemorating the martyrs, who laid down their lives while offering resisting and gheraoing Rangpur cantonment on March 28, 1971 at Smritisoudha 'Rakta Gaurab' on Nishbetganj Bddhyabhumi here.
The district administration and FFs of Sector No-6 will jointly arrange a huge rally and discussion meeting in remembrance of the heroism of 600 martyred Rangpur people at tomorrow in the city to pay due respect to the martyrs.