Bir Shreshtha Hamidur Rahman`s 49th martyrdom anniversary today
Published: 10:13 AM, 28 October 2020 Updated: 10:13 AM, 28 October 2020
The 49th martyrdom anniversary of Bir Shrestha Hamidur Rahman will be observed today as this real hero gave his life for the country during the Liberation War while fighting the Pakistani occupation forces at Dhali frontier in Sreemongal in Sylhet on October 28, 1971.
Hamidur Rahman was born in 1945 at Khordakhalishpur village. He is the youngest among the Bir Shresthos. During the Liberation War, he was only 18 years old.
Mohammad Hamidur Rahman studied at Khalishpur Primary School and later on in local Night School for some time. In 1970, he joined the army as a Sepoy. His first and last unit was the East Bengal Regiment.
After getting in the army, he was sent to the East Bengal Regiment Center in Chittagong for training. On the night of March 25, the East Bengal Regiment of Chittagong took part in the Liberation War by declaring a revolt against Pakistani occupation forces.
During the Liberation War, he made a significant contribution in capturing the Dhalai Border Outpost at Srimangal.
Though the independence fighters came very close to the Border Outpost, it became very difficult to capture owing to the enemy machine gun which was continuously firing from the south-western corner of the Dhalai Border Outpost.
On 28 October 1971, a battle was taking place between 1st East Bengal Regiment and 30 A Frontier Force Regiment in Dhalai of Sylhet. 125 members of the East Bengal Regiment decided to use grenades on the machine gun posts of the Pakistani army.
Rahman took the responsibility of throwing grenades, and crawled through the hilly canals. He managed to throw two grenades before he was shot. He jumped into the enemy machine gun post and engaged in hand-to-hand fighting with the two crews who were guarding the gun, and at one point neutralized the gun.
Realizing the fact that the machine gun outpost was damaged, the EBR’s approach towards the enemy captured their first line within a short period of time. After the capture of the Dhalai Border Outpost, members of the EBR found the dead body of Rahman.
Mohammad Hamidur Rahman’s efforts helped the East Bengal Regiment take the outpost. He was buried in Tripura in India.