Today, December 8, is the historic Comilla Independence Day. On December 8, 1971, Comilla was freed from the control of the invading forces of Pakistan. In the afternoon of Comilla Town Hall, the then chairman of the Eastern Administrative Council late Zahoor Ahmed Chowdhury hoisted the party flag and the first administrator of Comilla, Advocate Ahmed Ali, hoisted the flag of independent Bangladesh.
On the occasion of the day, various organizations including the district administration, Mukti Jodha Sangsad have taken a comprehensive program. The day started with the hoisting of the national flag at the Comilla Town Hall grounds on Friday morning.
After hoisting the flag at Comilla Town Hall ground at 9 am, a colorful rally was organized by the District Administration and the District Freedom Fighters Command Council. At the end of the rally, wreath laying and prayers were held at the Bangabandhu Mural in Nagar Udyan.
On the night of December 7, 1971, Indian allied forces and freedom fighter guerrillas launched an attack on the main base of the 22nd Baloch Regiment of the Pak Army at Comilla Airport from 3 directions. The 11th Gurkha Regiment of the allied forces led by Lt. Col. RK Mazumdar attacked the Comilla Airport from 3 sides.
After the attack, the Pakistani forces tried to repel the initial attack by adding additional troops and ammunition from the nearby Mainamati cantonment to increase their strength. But with the intensity of the Allied attack and the lethality of the Liberation Army guerillas, the Pakistani occupation forces realized their fate. On the last night, the Pakistani Army quickly abandoned their resistance trenches and took cover in Mainamati Cantonment, 11 km away.
As a result, the sound of shelling like rain stopped before the sun rose in the morning. Later, the residents of Neura, Rajapara, Dhulipara, Lakshmipur, Chowara areas adjacent to the airport found the bodies of Pak soldiers.
In 1971, Syeda Hasina Khanam of Jhowtla area, who lived in Comilla city, said that she heard the sound of heavy gunfire all night and saw many well-equipped vehicles of the Pakistani army going towards Comilla airport from the cantonment. Early in the morning, many children, teenagers and women also came down the streets to celebrate the liberation of Comilla.
According to the history of liberation war, a group led by Lt. Didarul Alam passed through Bibi Bazar on the border and two other groups crossed Gomti river through Bhatpara of Comilla city and Bagherchar of Chauddagram and attacked the Pak army base at the airport. 26 freedom fighters were martyred in the overnight battle with Pak army. Defeated Pakistani troops left the airport base on the last night towards Barura in Comilla and hid in the Mainamati army camp and some surrendered. In the morning, the liberation forces occupied the main base of the airport of Paksenadar. Comilla has been liberated, Bangladesh is becoming independent, the people from the villages and the cities came down to the streets in this victory.
In this context, Comilla district freedom fighter commander Safiul Alam Babul said, ‘Comilla was freed from the invaders on the morning of December 8, 1971. I entered Comilla on foot with other freedom fighters from Agartala Sonamura that day.’
Safiul Alam also said that the Ninth Bengal Liberation Army was the front group. The attack was led by the 11th Gurkha Regiment. Apamar people of Comilla greeted the freedom fighters by scattering flower petals.
On this day in 1971, Comilla was freed from the control of the invading forces of Pakistan. In the afternoon of Comilla Town Hall, the then chairman of the Eastern Administrative Council late Zahoor Ahmed Chowdhury hoisted the party flag and the first administrator of Comilla, Advocate Ahmed Ali, hoisted the flag of independent Bangladesh.