Kolkata: As part of the Vijay Diwas celebrations by Indian Army in Kolkata this year, Bangladesh has decided to honour martyrs of Indian origin who laid down their lives in the Bangladesh Liberation War of 1971.
The Eastern Army Command of the Indian Army celebrates Bangladesh Liberation every year through a weeklong programme that includes felicitation of war veterans, military concerts, horse race, air show, etc.
This is because Bangladesh Liberation also marks the victory of the Indian Army over their Pakistan counterpart.
Toufique Hasan, the deputy high commissioner of Bangladesh in Kolkata, today said in a joint news conference at Fort William in Kolkata that some 17 or 25 such martyrs will be honoured on 16 December.
“This is a new feature in Vijay Diwas celebrations in Kolkata as well as India wherein the family of the martyrs will be conferred the Bangladesh Muktijoddha Sommanona. In April 2017, our Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina had conferred the honour on seven Indian martyrs in an event in Delhi that was attended by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi,” Hasan said.
The diplomat said that there are around 1,600 Indians who had attained martyrdom in the Bangladesh Liberation War and the plan is to honour all of them in phases.
The honour comprises a silver crest, a certificate, and two books penned by Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. The books are ~ Karagarer Rojnamcha (Prison Diary) and Osomapto Attojiboni (The Unfinished Memoirs).
Hasan added that a nine-member Bangladesh government delegation headed by Bangladesh Liberation War affairs minister AL Muzzammil will hand over the awards to martyrs families at Eastern Command’s Vijay Smarak at Red Road on 16 December morning.
Maj General LV Prasad of the Eastern Command said that this time a delegation of 72 invitees from Bangladesh will attend the Vijay Diwas celebrations in Kolkata. The main event will be a memorial service for the martyrs at Vijay Smarak that will be attended by GOC-in-C, Lt Gen Manoj Mukund Naravane.
There will be a military band concert at Prinsep Ghat on 14 December and a horse race-cum-air show at the Race Course on 15 December that are open to the general public, he said.