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12:00 AM, December 03, 2019 / LAST MODIFIED: 08:36 AM, December 03, 2019

On this day in 1971

DECEMBER 3

War spreads out as Pakistan attacks the western frontier of India from air and land. Bangladesh-India joint force starts operations in border areas.

Indian army enters Bangladesh at seven points, and attacks Pakistan army bases with full strength.

Indian PM Indira Gandhi cuts short her Kolkata visit and returns to New Delhi. Addressing the nation over radio, she says Pakistan operated all-pervading attacks on India. India has to deal with it at any cost.

She asks Indian citizens to be ready for the ultimate sacrifice.

All flights of Pakistan International Airlines between East and West Pakistan are cancelled.

The junta imposes curfew and blackout in Dhaka. US Senator William Saxby tells journalists at Rawalpindi that he could not meet the banned Awami League leader Sheikh Mujib despite several attempts.

Indian foreign minister Saran Singh, at parliament in New Delhi, says India was trying to convince the US and some other countries to stop Pakistani oppression in Bangladesh, but without avail. The arbitrary entrance of Bangladeshi refugees in India and shelling by the Pakistani army in border areas are threatening India’s security.

The Rebel 4th and 10th East Bengal regiments advance from Feni. At Rejumia Bridge, Captain Mahfuz of Sector-1 joins them with his force. They advance towards Chattogram by the Muhuri river and Feni-Chattogram highway.

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