Declaration of independence by Major Zia in 27th March, 1971.

Major Ziaur Rahman’s opening words in Bangla, “Ami Major Zia Bolchi”, that is, “I am Major Zia speaking”, were picked up by news agencies, and were given wide publicity across the globe. Ami Major Zia Bolchi were followed by declaration of a sovereign and independent Bangladesh, in these words:

“This is Swadhin Bangla Betar Kendra. I, Major Ziaur Rahman, at the direction of Bango Bondhu Mujibur Rahman, hereby declare that the independent People’s Republic of Bangladesh has been established. At his direction, I have taken command as the temporary head of the republic. In the name of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, I call upon all Bengalis to rise against the attack by the west Pakistani Army. WE shall fight to the last to free our motherland. By the grace of Allah, victory is ours. Joy Bangla.”

These words were picked up first by a Japanese ship anchored in Chittagong harbour, and were flashed to the world. News of Zia’s declaration was first broadcast by Radio Australia, and the world at large came to know of birth of Bangladesh.

Liberation War of Bangladesh: NBC News Exclusive.

This is a armature footage during the Liberation War. This video was broad casted by NBC News. Watch this exclusive video which shows Pakistani Military killing Bangladeshis in a field in Dhaka University.

7th March: A historical day for Bangladesh.

March 7, 1971

On 7 March 1971, Sheikh Mujibur Rahman delivered a speech at the Racecourse Ground (now called the Suhrawardy Udyan). In this speech Bangabandhu mentioned a further four-point condition to consider the National Assembly Meeting on 25 March:

1. The immediate lifting of martial law.
2. Immediate withdrawal of all military personnel to their barracks.
3. An inquiry into the loss of life.
4. Immediate transfer of power to the elected representative of the people before the assembly meeting 25 March.

This historical speech still remembered by the people of Bangladesh. And the day is also historical for Bangladeshis.

Remains of Birshreshtha Hamidur brought home

Remains of Birshreshtha Hamidur Rahman being brought to Bangladesh at Bibir Bazar in Comilla from the Indian state of Tripura yesterday.

The remains of Birshreshtha Hamidur Rahman were brought home yesterday, 36 years after he embraced martyrdom in a battle with Pakistani occupation forces.

Thousands of school students and villagers stood in line on both sides of the 15-kilometre road stretching from Bibir Bazar check post to Comilla town as the remains of the war hero were brought from Tripura, India. They showered Hamidur’s coffin with flowers.

The coffin draped in national flag was brought through the check-post at about 2:50pm.

Hamidur was killed while fighting with Pakistani army on October 28, 1971. His fellow freedom fighters buried him at Hatimarachara village of Tripura.

Later, he was awarded with “Birshreshtha”, the country’s highest gallantry award.

The remains of the 17-year-old freedom fighter were exhumed from the grave on Sunday and handed over to a Bangladesh delegation, reports AP.

His remains will be brought to Dhaka today.

Later, the remains will be taken to National Parade Square where 21 gun salutes will be heralded to pay tribute to the war hero, said a press release of Inter Services Public Relations.

Hamidur’s remains will be buried in state honour at Mirpur Intellectuals’ Graveyard today.

President Iajuddin Ahmed will receive the remains and place floral wreaths on the coffin.