Mostafa Kamal (Bir Sreshtho)
|Bir Sreshtho Mostafa Kamal|
|Born||16 December 1947
Hajipur Village, Bhola, Barisal District, East Pakistan (current Bangladesh)
|Died||18 April 1971 (aged 23)
Akhaura, Brahmanbaria, Bangladesh
|Unit||Engineering Corps, Pakistan Army-PSS-10439 (15 short course)|
|Battles/wars||Bangladesh Liberation War|
|Other work||Sector 7|
Mostofa Kamal (Bengali: মোস্তফা কামাল), better known as Shaheed Sipahi Mostafa Kamal was a sepoy in the Bangladesh Army during the Liberation War. He was born on 16 December 1947 in Hajipur village of Daulatikhan upazilla under Bhola district. His father, Habibur Rahman was a Havilder. On 18 April 1971, Mostofa Kamal was killed in a defensive battle against the occupying Pakistan Army in Daruin village of Brahmanbaria. His actions inflicted heavy casualties on his enemy troops. He was awarded the highest recognition of bravery of Bangladesh, Bir Sreshtho.
Mostafa Kamal was born in 1947 at the Poshchim Hajipur village under Daulatkhana upazilla in Bhola district. His father was a Habildar in the army. Kamal had his education only up to second grade and spent most of childhood with his father at the Comilla Cantonment. On 16 December 1967, Kamal escaped from his house and joined the East Bengal Regiment. Mostafa Kamal was a well known boxer. During the mid March in 1971, he was transferred from Comilla Cantonment to the headquarters of the 4th East Bengal Regiment at Brahmanbaria. As the Bangladesh Liberation War started in 1971, East Bengal Regiment had taken the control of Brahmanbaria with three Defence bases at Aashuganj, Ujanishwar and Anderson lake. But Pakistani army continued attacking with their heavy artillery in these places. As a result, East Bengal Regiment retreated back to Aakhaura, Shangi Nagar and Daruin. 2nd Platoon was sent to Daruin to reinforce the troops. Mostafa Kamal was a soldier of this platoon. Major Shafayat Jamil verbally declared him as the Lance Naek and gave him the responsibility of leading a team. He died at Daruin on 18 April 1971 during a battle against the Pakistan Army. He was buried at Daruin. He was posthumously rewarded as “Bir Shrestho”, the highest gallantry award in Bangladesh. A postage stamp was also published to pay respect to him.
Battle of Daruin
Mostafa Kamal was a Sepoy of the 4th East Bengal Regiment. At the start of March, 4th Regiment was moved from Comilla Cantonment to Brahmanbaria. After the incidents of 25 March, 4th Regiment successfully brought Brahmanbaria under control. Under the leadership of Major Shafayat Jamil, they revolted against the Pakistani officers and formed a defense Camp at Brahmanbaria. 4th Regiment continued their battle against the Pakistan Army and eventually arrived at Aakhaura. At Aakhaura, the 4th Regiment set their camp in Gangashagar and Talshahar. To avoid any unexpected attacked from the Pakistanis, 2nd Platoon of the company "Alpha" was sent to Daruin village. Mostafa Kamal was one of the section commanders of 2nd Platoon.
On 16 April, Pakistan Army started to approach towards the Regiment camp. They were coming over the railway of the Comilla-Aakhaura root. Regiment also reconciled their position at Daruin. They settled on their trenches near a pond. Mostafa Kamal took the rightmost position.
On 17 April, Pakistanis opened fire. Major Shafayat Jamil strengthened his force by sending the 11th Platoon of company Delta to Daruin. At around 12 PM the Pakistanis attacked from West. Another part of the Pakistan Army attacked Mukti Bahini from behind. As a result, Regiment had decided to retreat from Daruin. Mostafa Kamal took the responsibly to cover for his fellow fighters. Most of the fighters retreated to a safer position as Kamal relentlessly kept firing with his Light Machine Gun. He managed to neutralize(kill) 8 Pakistani soldiers. But at one stage, he ran out of bullets and was surrounded. He was bayoneted to death. He along with 20 to 40 other soldiers died at this battle.
Bir Sreshtho Shaheed Sipahi Mohammad Mostafa Kamal Stadium in Kamalapur a football stadium was named after him.
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