India observes 16 December as Vijay Diwas (Victory Day) for its decisive victory over Pakistan after a 13-day war, resulting in the independence of then East Pakistan (now Bangladesh) in 1971. Follow EurAsian Times on Google News
Bangladesh celebrates the day as ‘Bijoy Dibos’ or Bangladesh Liberation Day, marking the independence from Pakistan.
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On this day, the chief of Pakistan forces, General Amir Abdullah Khan Niazi, along with his 93,000 troops had accepted defeat by surrendering to the Indian Army and the Mukti Bahini or Bangladeshi forces in Dhaka.
As India celebrates the unwavering courage of its armed forces, the Indian Army has shared pictures capturing some of the remarkable moments of this war.
Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw, in a message to Pakistan, had said on 13 December ‘You surrender or We wipe you out’. The governor of East Pakistan had resigned after the Indian Air Force’s attack on his residence on December 14, following which, the Indian Army captured Bogra, Sylhet Railway Station, Pubail, and Rupganj. Indian armed forces preparing plans for further operations in Bangladesh. Major General GC Nagra had prepared for the capture of Jamalpur and Mymensingh after Major General Gurbax Singh Gill was injured in a mine accident. Narsingdi district was built up as a base for the capture of Dacca (Dhaka). Adhoc forces had set sails from Kolkata to Chittagong area. Indian Army had captured Hardinge Bridge, Khetlal, and Madhupur on December 12. Indian Air Force’s 40 sorties of MiGs and Hunters were flown to target enemy troops occupying the Dhaka University campus on December 15. The Air Force carried interdiction strikes behind enemy lines. The operations saw attacks on a large number of trains carrying tanks, ammunition, to cripple the enemy movement. Author’s Profile Follow EurAsian Times on Google News