Bangladesh President makes an emotional visit to Balat

SHILLONG, Mar 9: Bangladesh President, Md. Abdul Hamid visited Balat village in East Khasi Hills district of Meghalaya.

Balat, has a special place in the Bangladesh President.

Forty-seven years after he set up a camp for Bangladeshi youths taking part in the Liberation War against Pakistan, Hamid will landed in Balat bordering Bangladesh on Friday to relive his memories.

Speaking to journalists in Shillong, the Bangladesh President said that his visit to Balat was an emotional experience.

Hamid remembered that the Liberation War was a tough and difficult time.

“We organized Mukti Bahinins in Meghalaya in places near the Indo Bangla border around  Shillong/Tura. I travelled extensively in these places Shillong and Tura organsiing the Mukti Bahinis,” Hamid said.

The Bangladesh President also said that there are many burial sites of the Mukti Bahinins in Balat but but could not visit these places due to his tight schedule.

In the evening, Hamid paid tribute to Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore in Rilbong during his visit to Shillong on Friday.


Speaking to media persons in the city, Hamid said, “Tagore is the only man who composed the National Anthem of three nations India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka so came to visit Brookside bungalow.”

The Bangladesh President also said that India Bangladesh relations is deep rooted and India has always helped Bangladesh in difficult times.

“India provided food and shelter to the Mukti Bahinins helped in the war of liberation,” Hamid reminiscence.

The first lady of Bangladesh, Rashida Khanam, and other relatives will also accompanied him.

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