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India to find out cemeteries of B`desh liberation war martyrs

Last Updated: Thursday, July 4, 2013 - 16:21

Agartala: Effort would be made by Indian authorities to find out graves of the fighters who died during the Liberation War of Bangladesh 1971 against Pakistan, a Bangladeshi delegation was on Thursday informed.

"If Bangladesh gives us a list of cemeteries and possible locations, we would definitely try to find them with their help and hand over the mortal remains to them," West Tripura District Magistrate Kiran Gitte said after a district collector level meeting.

The two-day Indo-Bangla district collector level meeting began here today to discuss identification of cemeteries of the soldiers of the liberation war.

More than 2,000 Bangladeshi freedom fighters are believed to be buried in remote areas of Indian border states like Tripura, Meghalaya, Assam and West Bengal in 1971.

Tripura, having a 856 km long border with the neighbouring country, was the war headquarters of Bangladesh Liberation War. The state also accommodated 16 lakh refugees from that country when its own population was 15 lakh.

While Gitte led the Indian delegation at the meeting, the Bangladesh side was led by Brahmanbaria district`s Deputy Commissioner Nur Mohammad Majumder.

The meeting, which would be concluded tomorrow, would also discuss issues like barbed wire fencing, smuggling and infiltration.


First Published: Thursday, July 4, 2013 - 16:21
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