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Stamp on Bangladesh liberation war released

Shillong, Dec. 16: On this day, 42 years ago, allied forces of Bangladesh and India defeated Pakistan in the Bangladesh Liberation War. Pakistan had to surrender, leading to the birth of Bangladesh.

And there is a Shillong touch to the famous war.

During the war, headquarters 101 Area here took an active part in combat operations in Sylhet and Mymensingh districts of the erstwhile East Pakistan and was the first to reach Dacca, thereby earning the laurel of being the “first in Dacca”.

The formation, which was raised in 1963, was initially christened Headquarters 101 Communication Zone for provision of logistical support to the field formations which had moved to the Northeast in the wake of Chinese aggression in 1962.

In 1966, when Mizoram was gripped by insurgency, the formation was tasked to conduct counter- insurgency operations. It continued to perform the task until 1969 when a new army division took over this responsibility.

Today, as it commemorated 50 years of its existence, Chief Justice of Meghalaya High Court Prafulla Chandra Pant released a Special Day Cover in the form of a stamp. It was also an occasion to recognise the service rendered by the formation to the Indian Army and the nation.

Pant lauded the role and achievements of Headquarters 101 Area over five decades of its existence.

A photo exhibition highlighting the role played by Headquarters 101 Area in its glorious journey since its raising was also a centre of attraction. Serving as well as the retired officers, junior commissioned officers and other ranks of the Area and others, attended the event.

The Bangladesh Liberation War lasted from March 26 to December 16, 1971. India entered the war on December 3, 1971 after Pakistan launched pre-emptive air strikes on India.