Bangladesh to honour Indian soldiers killed in 1971 Liberation War


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DHAKA: Bangladesh will honour the Indian Army for its key role in the country's 'Liberation War' against Pakistan by inscribing the names of Indian soldiers killed in the 1971 military operation at a special memorial in the heart of the capital.

Bangladesh will seek a list of martyred Indian soldiers in the 1971 Liberation War against Pakistan in a bid to honour them by inscribing their names at a memorial at Suhrawardy Udyan park, Tajul Islam, the state minister of Liberation War Affairs, said today.

"We are yet to know how many Indian soldiers lost their lives in our Liberation War. We will soon seek a list through the foreign ministry," Islam told reporters. He said the names of the martyred Indian soldiers would be inscribed at the memorial. "Bangladesh will never forget India's role in 1971 war," he underlined.

The announcement to honour the Indian soldiers came as a visiting military delegation led by Lt-Gen Vijay Kumar Singh, the next chief of the Indian Army, called on Islam at his office.

Lt-Gen Singh, currently Eastern Army Command chief at Kolkata, will take over as the next Army chief from General Deepak Kapoor on March 31.

Bangladesh won its independence after nine months of bloody struggle with the Pakistani military with crucial Indian support.

The Liberation struggle sparked the Indo-Pak war on December 3, 1971, and ended with the surrender of the Pakistani military to the Indian Army.

The minister said Bangladesh plans to invite 30 Indian 1971 veterans to join "independence day celebrations" on March 26.

Ten Indian war veterans, led by Lt. Gen (retd) JFR Jacob, the chief of staff of the Indian Army’s Eastern Command during the 1971 campaign, joined Bangladesh’s Independence Day celebrations two years ago for the first time at the invitation of former Bangladesh Army chief Moeen U Ahmed.

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