Source: News Bharati English26 Nov 2016 12:07:10

Dhaka, Nov 26: Remembering the role of the Indian soldiers in the liberation of Bangladesh, and expressing gratitude towards them, the Hasina Government will be honouring 1668 Indian soldiers who were martyred during the 1971 war.

According to The Hindu, Bangladesh’s Liberation War Affairs Minister A K M Mozammel Haq said that his government will give their families Rs five lakh each as a token of love and respect towards them.

Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will be in New Delhi from December 18-20, to personally hand over the purse to their families, he said adding that the money will be given in Indian currency.

He said that demonetization would not pose any problem as he has already talked with the Indian High Commissioner in Dhaka. The problem of cash transactions in India will be over by the time Bangladesh Prime Minister reaches New Delhi, Haq said.    

Haq said that they will convert their currency into dollars and hand over the money to their High Commission in Delhi. They will convert it into Indian currency and then the Bangladesh Prime Minister will hand over it to the family members of the Indian martyrs. Depositing this amount in the banks would not be problematic, he said.

The honour will contain a letter of gratitude from the Bangladesh Prime Minister in Bengali, English and Hindi, and a plaque. The government will publish a book on the contribution of the Indian soldiers to the freedom struggle.

A war memorial will be erected in Brahmanbaria district in Bangladesh to pay homage to the Indian soldiers who laid down their lives for the liberation of Bangladesh, Haq said.

It may be mentioned that Haq had participated in the 1971 war as a senior office-bearer of the Bangladesh Chhatra League, the student wing of the Awami League, at the time of Bangladesh's independence.

A retired Lieutenant-Colonel, Kaji Sajjad Ali Zahir, has worked closely with the Indian Army to identify the soldiers who were killed during the war. The gesture was mentioned in the joint declaration during PM Modi’s visit to Dhaka in 2015.