In the autumn evening, they went back to those turbulent days of 1971, 50 years ago. At that time, four young people from Togbag told the story of becoming a freedom fighter from a student. How he trained in the war of liberation, how he attacked Dhaka before taking the field against the Pakistani invaders – everything seemed to float before his eyes. The names of many comrades including Altaf Mahmood, Rumi, Badi, Jewel, Azad, Bakar, Hafiz came up one by one in the conversation. In the discussion meeting titled ‘Crack Platoon: Freedom Fighters of Dhaka’ on Saturday, the days of the liberation war came up in stories. Gyantapas Abdur Razzak Foundation organizes this virtual talk titled ‘Vidyapeeth Baithakti-Antarang Alape Gunijan’.

At the beginning, the heroic freedom fighter Fateh Ali Chowdhury narrated the incident of becoming a freedom fighter from a student of Dhaka University. He said, “Sector Commander Khaled Musharraf instructed us that the war of resistance is going on, we have to let the world know. Will have to make big attacks. We continue to attack that way. But sensing our presence, the Pakistani army captured Jewel, Rumi, Badi and many others on August 29, 1971. My house is also red

At that time, in the third week of April, the heroic freedom fighter Ali Ahmed Ziauddin and the heroic freedom fighter Mostafa Jalal Mohiuddin went to Matinagar from Dhaka. They met with Sector Commander Khaled Musharraf and Major Haider. Khaled Musharraf told them, ‘You two have come, go back to Dhaka. Bring friends as far as you can. ‘

Reminiscing about those days, the heroic freedom fighter Ali Ahmed Ziauddin said, they came back to the country again. His father, realizing the liberation war, said, ‘I will not stop you .Ali Ahmed Ziauddin said that from June to August, Dhaka city was in turmoil due to the irresistible attack of guerrilla freedom fighters.

Nasir Uddin Yusuf, a heroic freedom fighter, said the name Crack Platoon began to be heard in November. In his memoirs, he mentioned the Dhaka University, Baitul Mukarram operation and several other guerrilla attacks in Dhaka. He also mentioned the role of one of his teachers in saving Dhaka University from the hands of Pakistani soldiers during the attack.

At one stage of the conversation, heroic freedom fighter Habibul Alam expressed his frustration over the path of Bangladesh in the war of liberation. He said, 4 and a half thousand books have been published about the liberation war, but how many have read? He also expressed displeasure over the distortion of the history of the liberation war.

Professor Ahrar Ahmed, Director of Abdur Razzak Foundation, spoke at the beginning of the commemoration program of the four freedom fighters. He said, ‘We have not yet got the information-based, objective history of the liberation war. It is not the fault of the freedom fighters, but this emptiness of research confuses us ethnically.

The attack on the Intercontinental Hotel in the capital of the crack platoon during the war of liberation had a far-reaching effect on the freedom struggle of Bangladesh. People all over the world came to know about the political struggle of Bangladesh against the Pakistani forces in this country through the news of international media. A group of fearless young men from the crack platoon did the impossible that day with life in their hands. These remarks were made by the speakers at a reception held for the members of Crack Platoon at a hotel in the capital on Saturday.

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