Published: Sunday, December 15, 2013

Chapainawabganj was freed on this day in 1971

Wreaths were placed at the memorial for Bir Shrestha Captain Mohiuddin Jahangir at Rahaichar in Chapainawabganj town yesterday. Captain Mohiuddin Jahangir embraced martyrdom during a battle with the Pakistani occupation forces at Rahaichar on this day in 1971. Photo: Star

Wreaths were placed at the memorial for Bir Shrestha Captain Mohiuddin Jahangir at Rahaichar in Chapainawabganj town yesterday. Captain Mohiuddin Jahangir embraced martyrdom during a battle with the Pakistani occupation forces at Rahaichar on this day in 1971. Photo: Star

Chapainawabganj district was freed from the Pakistani occupation army on this day in 1971.
On December 15, 1971, the heroic sons of the soil hoisted flag of the independent Bangladesh in the district town after a nine month fierce fighting with the Pakistan troops.
Divided into two subsectors under the Sector No. 7, the freedom fighters waged war against the occupation forces in the district, the then sub division.
Bir Shreshtha Captain Mohiuddin Jahangir was the commander of the Mohodipur sector while Lieutenant Rafiq was the commander of the Doldoli sector.
Five Pakistani soldiers were killed as the freedom fighters launched an attack on the army camps at Makrampur and Ali Nagar on November 7.
Other Pakistani troops managed to flee by crossing the Mohananda River on that day. On December 10, Captain Jahangir along with 50 freedom fighters crossed Mohananda River and made advance towards the Chapainawabganj town to capture it and occupied the bunker of the Pakistani army.
The freedom fighters took position near Rehaichar Moholla in Chapainawabganj town on December 13 and engaged in a fight against Pakistan army.
On the following day, Captain Jahangir went ahead of the defence line and charged grenade into a trench of Pakistan occupation army.
Later, they launched an attack on the Pakistani troops there.
Captain Mohiuddin Jahangir died on the spot when a bullet of Pakistani army pierced through his forehead during the operation.
After a gunfight, the Bangladeshi freedom fighters finally freed Chapainawabganj district from the Pakistani occupation forces and thus clinched the victory on December 15.
As the news spread, people from the adjacent areas came to the town and rejoiced freedom by chanting slogans ‘Joy Bangla’ with the freedom fighters.