Freedom for Kashiani came three days after December 16

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Starting from December 16, when most of the country was free, a three-day long brutal close-quarters combat, constant strafe, and air bombing ensued

The people of Kashiani upazila of Gopalganj district got the taste of freedom on this day in 1971, three days after the nation’s victory on December 16.

The district administration and the Muktijoddha Sangsad are set to celebrate the day with several programs, with Shipping Minister Shajahan Khan as chief guest, said Enayet Hossain, commander of the upazila freedom fighters.

On December 19, the valiant freedom fighters of the district and allied forces declared the upazila free by hoisting the national flag of Bangladesh atop the Mini Cantonment house of the Bhatiapara Wireless Station.

Starting from December 16, when most of the country was free, a three-day long brutal close-quarters combat, constant strafe, and air bombing ensued. Finally, in the face of joint attack by the freedom fighters and allied forces, 65 troops of Pakistani forces and their collaborators surrendered on the morning of December 19.

The battle began from December 6, when the freedom fighters entered the district and tried to take back the then Pakistani Headquarters in Bhatiapara. After two ferocious battles, one lasting for 15 long hours, the upazila was freed after nine months of massacre and genocide by the Pakistani occupation forces.

“After the Kashiani victory, Gopalganj was finally free and thousands of people, along with the valiant freedom fighters, took to the roads and took out a procession in celebration,” said Saifuddin Mohammad, Commander of the freedom fighters of Kashiani’s Ratail Camp in the Liberation War’71.