Commandos from Belgaum were sent to East Pakistan border in 1971

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Brigadier (then Major) SS Kanbargimath said that the Indian Commandos based in Belgaum were sent to East Pakistan border to train the Mukti Bahini before the war.

He said that they had formed small units of Mukti Bahini and these units on December 3 1971, moved over to East Pakistan to carve out Bangladesh.

Though a lot of blood was shed for victory, it was well worth as a murderous regime was overthrown in East Pakistan

A commemoration ceremony was organised at the National Military Memorial (NMM) on the occasion of Vijay Diwas December 16 in Bangalore. It was on this day in 1971 that the Indian Army, Navy, Air force and the Para-military forces came together to achieve a historic win over the Pakistani forces. It was also the day that witnessed the largest military surrender after World War II, as the General Officer Commanding-in-Chief of Eastern Command, Lt General Jagjeet Singh Arora accepted the instrument of surrender from Lt General AAK Niazi of Pakistan Army at Dhaka.

Many Bengali officers and units mutinied against their West Pakistani counterparts and raised the Mukti Bahini, a guerrilla force under the leadership of Gen. Muhammad Ataul Gani Osmani with active support and supplies from India

Source: DNA

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