BSF Tripura observed prestigious ‘Swarnim Vijay Varsh’ to commemorate India’s remarkable victory over Pakistan in the 1971 War by the selfless sacrifice & dedication of the Indian troops in protecting the sovereignty of the country. In the 1971 War, BSF played an important role in preparing the scramble of the conflict. 23 BSF Battalions participated in the 1971 War, 125 BSF jawans sacrificed their lives, 392 were injured and 133 were lost / missing.
BSF Tripura is organizing an array of events to celebrate this momentous occasion of “Swarnim Vijay Divas”.
In the series of events, on 06th Nov 2021 (Morning), Sh Sushanta Kumar Nath, IPS, Inspector General, BSF Tripura Frontier alongwith BSF Senior officer participated in “Wreath Laying Ceremony” held at Albert Ekka Memorial Park, Lichu Bagan (Agartala) to paid homage to to the brave martyrs, who laid their lives in line of duty.
BSF Brass Band also performed during the ceremony, followed by commemorative function held at Rabindra Bhawan in Agartala City, during which showcasing of weapons, photo gallery & video films depicting “BSF Role in 1971 War” were highlighted and 100 BSF personnel participated in the event.
During 1971 War, on the Eastern borders of East Pakistan, BSF launched various offensive and defensive actions under the overall command of the Indian Army. Some BSF Battalions also went along with main columns of Indian Army to secure the captured area, provided flank protection and carried out mopping–up operations in different sectors.
Few BSF Battalions also made deep penetrations to liberate the key areas, entirely on their own. The Battle of Bantara & Battle of Raiganj are considered as two glorious offensives on Eastern Border by BSF troopers, which are considered as watershed in the BSF history as a Pacesetter.
It was Border Security Force, which was especially mentioned alongside the Indian Army, Air Force and Navy by Hon’ble Ex-Prime Minister of India, Shrimati Indira Gandhi, on 6 April, 1972 with the following words:
“I would like to say a special word of gratitude and appreciation to the BSF. We all know that they bore the brunt of the Bangladesh crisis for a long while before anybody else was on the scene. I think it is largely because of (the) guidance and courage which they showed that the whole thing went along (in the) right direction, i.e.that it led towards a good result.”
BSF Heroes of 1971 Bangladesh Liberation War were bestowed with 01 Maha Vir Chakra, 01 Ati Vishisht Seva Medal and 11 Vir Chakras, 46 Army Medals, 05 Vishisht Seva Medal, 44 Mentions in Dispatches & 63 other Awards and 12 BSF Officers & jawans were honored as ‘War Heroes’.