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Bangladesh war memorial park being set up in Tripura

PTI  Agartala, November 07, 2010
First Published: 10:02 IST(7/11/2010) | Last Updated: 10:04 IST(7/11/2010)

A verdant 20 hectare land dotted by seven hillocks and a serpentine lake will house a memorial and museum to commemorate Indian soldiers and Bangladeshi civilians who laid down their lives for liberation of Bangladesh in 1971.

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The park being built by Tripura government at Chottakhola, a village in South Tripura district, about 130 km from Agartala, will have a statue of the architect of Bangladesh's independence Sheikh Mujibar Rehman.

A museum is also being constructed where arms and ammunitions used in the liberation war, many old photographs, literature and newspapers of those days would be preserved.

"The department of Forest is building the park in memory of those sacrificed their lives to liberate Bangladesh. The lush green park is spread in 20 hectares of land with seven hillocks and a serpentine lake is being dug up on their feet," Tripura forest minister Jiten Chowdhury said.

He said a 52-feet high tower was also being build in other park from where parts of Noakhali and Feni  districts of Bangladesh could be seen.

Chowdhury, also the minister for industries and commerce, said Bangladesh foreign minister Dipu Mani will lay the foundation stone of the museum and the park on November 10 and total cost of the project is estimated to be at Rs. 2.3 crore.

Chottakhola was one of the base camps of the Mukti Joddhas (Bangladeshi freedom fighters) from where they launched bush war against Pakistani troops in Noakhali, Feni and parts of Comilla districts.

Satyabrata Chakraborty, a veteran journalist who covered the liberation war in 1971 for a leading daily, said Tripura was the 'war headquarters' of Bangladesh liberation and had sheltered more than 1.5 million refugees from then East Pakistan and this number was more than than the population of the state.

The first Bangladesh government in exile was formed in Agartala and they also set up Bangladesh Radio officed here, recalled Chakraborty.

Tripura has 856 km of border with Bangladesh, which constitutes 85% of the total border of the state.

"During the liberation war, the excitement was tremendous. Also with some youths, I had joined Mukti Fauz, obtained a short military training and fought against Pakistani army in Comilla sector", reminisced former deputy speaker of Tripura Assembly and CPI-M leader, Subal Rudra.

The forest minister said the park is just on the border and near Trishna Wild Life sanctuary.

"We expect that it would be a new address for the tourists from our country as well as of Bangladesh".


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