Agartala: Around 127 grenades were found buried in a village in Tripura’s Gournagar. As per the locals, the grenades might have been buried by the Indian Army during the Bangladesh Liberation War in 1971.
The grenades were found when a local villager Rakesh Sukla Baidya while digging mud found two round metal balls near the central school at Gaurnagar late on Sunday night.
As soon as the villagers realized that it is grenades, they immediately alerted the police. After which the bomb squad and forensic team reached the spot and started digging the area.
Tripura had six to seven camps in four sectors from where the Bangladeshi ‘Mukti Joddhas’ (freedom fighters) fought against Pakistani forces after taking arms training in Tripura.
Over 1,600,000 Bangladeshis – a number larger than the state’s then total population of 1,500,000 – had taken shelter in Tripura alone.
The nine-month-long “Mukti Juddho” (Liberation War) later turned into a full-scale India-Pakistan War, leading to the surrender of nearly 93,000 Pakistani soldiers in Dhaka on December 16, 1971.
Tripura shares 856 km borders with Bangladesh. During the Indo-Pak war of 1971, a camp of the India Army was there.