Guwahati News Desk: In a cabinet meeting headed by the CM Himanta Biswa Sarma today declared to honor the supreme sacrifice of soldiers who took part in the 1971 Bangladesh Liberation War. An award ceremony will be held on April 23, which will be graced with the presence of Raksha Mantri (Defense Minister of India) Rajnath Singh.
The Indian Army brought the Pakistani army to its knees, took 93,000 Pakistani prisoners and gave 75 million people of Bangladesh their independence.
A little known chapter of the 1971 War of Liberation in Bangladesh was the role of some officers from the northeastern Indian state of Assam, which borders Bangladesh (East Pakistan until 1971). These officers trained and equipped thousands of freedom fighters of the Mukti Bahini to take on the Pakistani army.
Two officers, Jnanananda Sarma Pathak and Biraja Nanda Choudhury, who belonged to the Special Security Bureau (SSB), were considered the “guerrilla wing” of India’s external intelligence agency, the Research & Analysis Wing (RAW), played an exemplary role in the Liberation War.
To mark the selfless sacrifice towards the nation Himanta Biswa Sarma has decided to pay homage to the war soldiers by organizing an award ceremony in the presence of Defense Minister Rajnath Singh.
The CM himself reviewed the preparations along with the other Ministers Ranjit Kumar Dass, Pijush Hazarika, Ashok Singhal, Bimal Bora, senior Army officers, Air Force officers, BSF Officers, DGP and other senior officers of the State government.