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Featured Image:  Bangladesh MPs Md Motahar Hussain, AKMA Awal Sayadur Rahman and retired Lt Gen ATM Zahirul Alam pay tribute to the martyrs at Fort William in Kolkata on Friday.

By A Newsman

Kolkata, 16 December: ALONG with Bangladesh, the Defence establishments at Fort William in Kolkata today celebrated Vijay Diwas, which marks the victory of the Indian Armed Forces and the Bangladesh Mukti Bahini over Pakistani forces during the Liberation War of 1971.

A special memorial service for the martyrs was organised at the martyrs column at Fort William on the occasion wherein both serving and civilian dignitaries from Indian and Bangladesh paid their tribute.

Vijay Diwas celebrations at Fort William, the seat of Indian Army’s Eastern Command, assume special significance as Mukti Jodhas and the Indian Armed Forces veterans who fought shoulder to shoulder reunite to celebrate this momentous occasion in the history of Indian subcontinent. This year, 38 Mukti Jodhas and serving Bangladeshi Army, Navy, and Air Force officers attended the celebrations.

Wreaths were laid by the war veterans, members of the Bangladeshi delegation, and by the Commander-in-Chiefs of the Eastern Army, Naval and Air commands.

As buglers sounded the Last Post and Rouse, from a rampart behind the magnificent edifice of the war memorial the gathering of uniformed personnel, veterans, civilians, school children and NCC cadets observed two minutes silence paying homage to the martyrs of the 1971 war.