The Most Valiant Hero Lance Nayak Munshi Abdur Rouf
(1st May, 1943 – 20th April, 1971)
Name: Munshi Abdur Rouf
Birth Year: May 1, 1941
Place Of Birth: Village-Salamatpur(present Roufrnagar), Upazila-Modhukhali (former in Boalmari), District-Foridpur.
Father: Munshi Mehedi Hasan
Designation: Lance Nayek
Sector in the Liberation War: Sector No 07
Death: 18 April, 1971
Graveyard: Naniyarchar, Rangamati Hilly Tracts.
Lance Nayek Munshi Abdur Rouf is a martyr freedom fighter. He joined the liberation war being a member of the sector number 7 on the year of 1971. He showed much courage in the battle field. He was one of them who obtained the most prestigious “The Most Valiant Hero” award by The Government of the Peoples’ Republic Of Bangladesh.
Birth and Childhood
Munshi Abdur Rouf was born in 1st May of 1943. His native area was at Salamatpur, Modhukhali, Foridpur. His father Munshi Mehedi Hasan was the Imam of local mosque and her mother’s name was Mokidunnesa. His nick name was Rab. The names of his other sisters’ were Johra and Hazera. He was talented and bold. But he had not much interest in study. At the childhood he learned from his father.
Education and Occupational Life
After the death of his father in 1955, he could not continue study. To run the family, he left school at the class of eight and joined East Pakistan Rifles on 8th May, 1963. Then he has to show 3 years more aged to get the job. He went to West Pakistan for higher training after completing the primary training from Chuadanga ERP Camp. After 6 months, he was posted to Comilla. At the beginning of liberation war, he was in job at 11 number wing of Chittagong. Later he joined the East Bengal Regiment for fighting for the motherland.
Contribution In The Liberation War
On 1971 after the starting of the liberation war, he was active enough in favor of his homeland. Before joining the freedom fighting, he was Lance Nayek in East Pakistan Rifles. He was in charge of number 1 in the middle ranged machine gun squad. He joined 8 East Bengal Regiment in the liberation war and was appointed in duty of Rangamati-Mohalchori Waterway. To resist the Pakistani Military through this route, he was worthy of. His troops took position on the both side of the Chingri Lake. On 8th April, 1971 two company of enemies rushed towards the new defense base of freedom fighters with 7 speedboat and two launches having Mortar, Machine Gun and Rifle. It was the second commando battalion of Pakistan Military. Just reaching near to the freedom fighters base, they started attacking. They fired by Machine Gun from the speedboats and 2 or 3 Mortar Shell from the launch. Their aim was to establish their rule over this path.
The fighters of the 8 east Bengal Regiment also defense them by taking position in the trench. But for the huge bombing by the enemy their defense border was collapsed and they managed to trace the freedom fighters. In this stage, he sensed that if they were not deferred, they all would die. So he commanded to defer. At then, the enemies proceeded more. If everybody defer at a time, all would have to die. So he did not defer. He continued to fire by Machine Gun over the speedboat. He fought alone against the enemies and sunk all the 7 speedboats. By this the Pakistani Military got back out of the range of Machine Gun and started Mortar Shelling from the launch. But it was not possible for him to fight alone against the Mortar Shell. A shell of mortar falls on his bunker and he died. But before his death, all the freedom fighters could escape from their safely. By the sacrifice of Abdur Rouf’s life, that day about 150 freedom fighters could save their life.
Prizes And Awards
Munshi Abdur Rouf achieved the most prestigious “The Most Valiant Hero” award by The Government of the Peoples’ Republic Of Bangladesh. On 2014 at Pilkhana, the Bangladesh Rifle College was renamed as The Most Valiant Mushi Abdur Rouf College. On his memory Shalbagan, Chittagon-Rangamati Road, Memorial at the middle of Shapsori is established by the Engineering Construction Battalion. A school of Manikchari, Muslimpara, Mohalchari and Khagrachari is named after him. A stadium of Sylhet is also named after by him. A college of Foridpur is also named after by him that is made governtmetalised.
Location Of The Graveyard
He died on 18th April, 1971 and graveyed at Naniyarchar, Rangamati Hilly Tracts.