Col Shafaat Jamil dies

Dhaka, Aug 11 (bdnews24.com)

Freedom fighter Col (retd) Shafaet Jamil Bir Bikram has been buried at Banani’s Army graveyard. He passed away on Saturday, family sources told bdnews24.com.

He was 71.

His nephew Maj (retd) Atiqul Hafiz told bdnews24.com that Jamil died of heart attack around 2:30am on Saturday at his home in Uttara’s sector 4.

The freedom fighter’s namaz-e-janaza (funeral prayer) was held at the Dhaka Cantonment Central Mosque after Zohr prayer. Military officials, political leaders and top government officials took part in the final prayer.

He was honoured in the traditional military way and also received state honour.

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Army Chief Iqbal Karim Bhuiyan paid his respects to the deceased at Banani’s Army graveyard.

A gallant freedom fighter, he was decorated with Bir Bikram title for his contribution during the nation’s War of Independence in 1971.

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He accompanied Khaled Mosharraf in the counter-coup on Nov 3, 1975 during the turbulent days after the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was assassinated.

Khaled Mosharraf was killed then and Jamil was detained. He retired from army on Mar 26, 1980.

Born at Khargamara village of Kuliachar upazila in Kishoreganj, Shafaet Jamil studied at Dhaka College and the University of Dhaka. He got commission in 1964 from the Pakistan Military Academy at Kakul. Former Pakistan military strongman Parvez Mosharraf was his course-mate.

In 1971 he was posted at the Fourth Bengal Regiment stationed at Comilla Cantonment. On Mar 1, 1971 Pakistan army sent two companies of the regiment to Brahmanbaria suspecting possible Indian attack.

Jamil was in command of one of the two companies. On Mar 26, he revolted against the Pakistan government getting news of how the military junta had swooped on the innocent Bengalis, killing hundreds of thousands.

He joined liberation war with his company soldiers and waged war in at areas under Sector 2. He was made commander of the Third East Bengal Regiment later.

The battle at Chhatok in Sylhet on Oct 11, 1971 was one of the most famous led by Shafaet Jamil where the Third East Bengal Regiment killed 364 Pakistani soldiers.

Through the Radhanagar Operation, his regiment occupied Pakistani’s position which the famous Indian Gurkha Regiment failed to capture.

A Major during the Liberation war, he was promoted to Lt Colonel afterwards. In 1974, Jamil was promoted to the rank of Colonel and made Commander of the 46th Infantry Brigade. He was posted there during the assassination of Bangabandhu in 1975.