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Hasina to honour Indian Army soldiers of 1971 war valour

New Delhi, April 4, 2017: During her much-awaited visit, Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will be honouring families of the Indian soldiers, who laid down their lives during the 1971 War that led to creation of Bangladesh.

Updated:Tuesday, April 4, 2017, 21:45

Hasina to honour Indian Army soldiers of 1971 war valourNew Delhi, April 4, 2017: During her much-awaited visit, Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will be honouring families of the Indian soldiers, who laid down their lives during the 1971 War that led to creation of Bangladesh.

Nearly half a century later, Lance Naik Albert Ekka, a posthumous recipient of India’s highest gallantry award Param Vir Chakra, along with his fellow army men will get the official recognition from the Bangladesh government. Their families will receive Rs 5 lakh in cash and letters of gratitude in Hindi, English and Bangla.

The Sheikh Hasina government has allotted Rs 100 crore for the project to honour Indian soldiers who died in the 1971 war that created Bangladesh.

India had played a crucial role in the 1971 Bangladesh Liberation War. Apart from training the Mukti Bahini (Liberation Army) led by the present Bangladesh Prime Minister’s father, Sheikh Mujibur Rehman. India fought Pakistan on two fronts in the Eastern and Western Sector that saw the delivered the worst military defeats in the recent history as it held 90,000 Pakistani soldiers as Prisoners of War (PoWs). Sheikh Mujibur Rehman, also known as ‘Bangabandhu’ became the first Prime Minister of the newly liberated country.

Source: New Indian Express

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