Bangladesh to honour Indian army martyrs

Bangladesh will honour 1,668 members of the Indian Army, who were martyred during the Bangladesh Liberation War.  Their families will receive a Rs. 5 lakh purse as a mark of respect, said Bangladesh Liberation War Affairs Minister A.K.M. Mozammel Huq. 

A letter of gratitude from Ms. Hasina in Bengali, English and Hindi, and a plaque, will also be given. A book on the contribution of the martyrs will be published, too.

“Besides, we will be raising a war memorial in the Brahmanbaria district [in Bangladesh] to pay homage to the Indian soldiers who laid down their lives for our war of liberation and independence,” said Mr. Huq, who himself took part in the armed resistance during the 1971 war and was a senior official of Bangladesh Chhatra League (formerly the East Pakistan Student League), the student’s political wing of the Awami League, at the time of the country’s independence.

A retired Lieutenant-Colonel, Kaji Sajjad Ali Zahir, has worked closely with the Indian Army to identify the soldiers who were killed during the war. The gesture was mentioned in the joint declaration during PM Modi’s visit to Dhaka in 2015.

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