Marking 50 years of 1971 war, Bangladeshi team part of Republic Day event

Marking 50 years of the 1971 India-Pakistan war that led to the liberation of Bangladesh, a 122-member contingent of the bangladesh Armed Forces participated in the Republic Day parade on Tuesday.

Led by Lt Col Abu Mohammed Shahnoor Shawon and his deputies Lieutenant Farhan Ishraq and Flight Lieutenant Sibat Rahman, the contingent had personnel of the bangladesh Army, Navy and Air Force. The Bangladesh military band, which marched with the contingent, played a popular patriotic song from 1971, “Shono ekti Mujiborer theke/Lokkho Mujiborer (A Million Mujiburs Marking 50 years of 1971 war, Bangla team part of R-Day event singing)”, hailing Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, Bangladesh’s first president and Father of the Nation.

Officials said most of the soldiers in the contingent that marched on Rajpath are from the most distinguished units of the Bangladesh Army’s East Bengal and Field Artillery regiments. These units have the distinction of fighting and winning the 1971 Liberation War, an official said.

“This Bangladesh contingent carries with them the legacy of the legendary Muktijoddhas of Bangladesh, their fore-fathers who fought against oppression, mass atrocities by tyrannical forces and for the freedom of Bangladesh. The contingent also has members of the Bangladesh Navy and Air Force who contributed to the liberation of Bangladesh,” the official said.

The Bangladesh military contingent was flown in an Indian Air Force aircraft for the Republic Day…

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