SHILLONG, March 09: Reminiscing the Bangladesh liberation war, Bangladesh President, Adbul Hamid on Friday visited Balat, East Khasi Hills district of Meghalaya on the Indo-Bangla border, which was one of the Command Centers of the Mukti Bahinis.
Hamid who also visited the Brookside Bungalow in Shillong to pay tribute to Rabindranath Tagore who stayed at the Bungalow in 1919 said, “There are many burials places of the Mukti Bahinis in the area (Balata) and I wish I had the time to visit these burial sites”.
Hamid was accompanied by his sons, daughter in laws and grandchildren beside a host of other officials and relatives.
Stating that India and Bangladesh shares deep-rooted ties which is only strengthening, Hamid said that Meghalaya has always had a special relation with Bangladesh during the liberation war and many from Meghalaya have assisted the Mukti Bahinis.
He recollected the role of Meghalaya in the liberation war against the Pakistani regime and said, “It’s such an emotional moment to revisit the place as I was one of the people in-charge of organizing the Mukti Bahinis in the Meghalaya sector. I moved around extensively in places like Shillong and Tura in Garo Hills working for the liberation war.”
“Relations between the two nations have always been nice and are strengthening day by day,” Hamid added.