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BSF, BGB remember Bangladesh war heroes

BGB director-general Maj. Gen. Aziz Ahmed being greeted by his BSF counterpart D.S. Pathak at Kilapara in West Garo Hills; Gen. Ahmed pays homage to the martyrs at the war memorial. Pictures by Saidul Khan

Tura, May 8: The BSF and the Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) today paid homage to and remembered the unsung BSF heroes of the 1971 Indo-Pak war at Kilapara, West Garo Hills. The names of BSF martyrs are engraved in golden letters on the war memorial erected at the India-Bangladesh international border, a release said.

“It was heroic effort and supreme sacrifice of the BSF martyrs that denied the enemy strategic control over the Dalu-Tura road during the Liberation War of Bangladesh”.

The BSF director-general D.S. Pathak and his BGB counterpart Maj. Gen. Aziz Ahmed were among those who paid respect to the martyrs at the war memorial.

Paying tributes to the martyrs of Kilapara, Pathak said: “This is really a special day in our endeavour to remember and honour the martyrs of Kilapara. Last year, we inaugurated the Martyrs’ Memorial and today we have again got together to offer our tributes to the heroic saga of sacrifice and courage”.

Pathak said they were also capturing the saga in the form of a documentary made by the BSF at the initiative of additional director-general (Eastern Command) so that their memories remain fresh and continue to inspire the future generations of the two countries.

The services of professionals from Calcutta were taken to shoot the documentary, he added.

Commandant (retd) B.S. Tyagi, the then commander of border outposts at Dalu and Kalita and the wife of constable P.C. Kalita who laid down his life at Kilapara, were among those who were present on the occasion.

Many officers of the BGB at the level of deputy director-general from Dhaka, region commanders, sector commanders accompanied Gen. Ahmed in paying homage to the martyrs.

A scene of May 25, 1971, — the day the soldiers died — was recreated by BSF troops through a realistic demonstration which was applauded by the spectators.

Several Bangladesh freedom fighters including Dr. Mehmud, then sub-sector commander of Mymensingh sector of Mukti Bahini, his wife and two of his comrades, who were injured during the war, were also present.

Later the BSF and the BGB felicitated these war veterans.