MAGURA, Nov 25 : November 26 is an unforgettable day for pro-liberation people in the district as on this very day in 1971, 27 brave sons of the soil embraced martyrdom during a battle between the Pakistani occupation forces and freedom fighters at Kamanna village under Shailakupa upazila in the-then Jhenidah sub-division.
Story goes that at least 40 freedom fighters took shelter at the houses of Madhab Chandra and Shamela Begum at Kamanna village in the afternoon of November 25, 1971. However, in the early hours of November 26, the occupation Pakistani soldiers accompanied by their collaborators suddenly attacked the two houses at the village at the bordering point of the former sub-divisions of Jhenidah and Magura.
Perplexed by the sudden attack, the freedom fighters failed to create strong defence and 27 patriots of whom 26 from Magura, sacrificed their lives at the Kamanna battle field.
In the morning, after the departure of the Pakistani occupation forces following their brutal operation, local people buried the bodies of the freedom fighters at a nearby field.
Later, a monument was also built at Kamanna village to honour the supreme sacrifices of the freedom fighters while another in memory of Kamanna martyrs had been built at Hazipur village in Magura Sadar upazila during the Awami League (AL) regime in 1999.
The freedom fighters who embraced martyrdom at Kamanna battle-field are: Mominuzzaman, Shahidul Islam, Abdul Kader, Solaiman Shikder, Abdur Razzak, Wahidur Rahman Munshi, Riat Ali, Alamgir Hossain, Abdul Motaleb, Ali Hossain, Shariful Islam, Alimuzzaman, Moniruzzaman, Anisur Rahman, Tajul Islam, Masim Mia, Abdur Razzak, Golam Kawser, Abdus Salek, Abdul Aziz, Golam Akbar, Selim Sikder, Hossen Ali, Khondokar Abdur Rashed, Golzar Rahman, Adhir Kumar Sikder and Gour Chandra.