SHILLONG, March 9 - Bangladesh President, Abdul Hamid said here today that �Indo-Bangla relationship is deep-rooted and strengthening day by day.�
�The relationship between India and Bangladesh is deep-rooted. India has helped Bangladesh in difficult times and provided food and shelter to Mukti Bahinis (freedom fighters). Relations between the two nations have always been nice and it�s strengthening day by day,� Hamid said at Brookside Bungalow here.
He visited the Brookside Bungalow to pay tribute to Rabindranath Tagore who stayed there in 1919. He also paid a visit to Balat, on the Indo-Bangla border, which was one of the Command Centres of Mukti Bahinis.
The Bangladesh President was accompanied by his family comprising his wife, a daughter, three daughters-in-law, two sons and grandchildren. The purpose of his visit to Meghalaya was to orient his children and grandchildren about Indo-Bangla relations, an official from Bangladesh said.
Hamid further said that Meghalaya has had a special relation with Bangladesh during the Liberation War and many from Meghalaya have assisted the Mukti Bahinis.
Recalling his days fighting the Pakistani regime, Hamid said he was one of the person in-charge of organising Mukti Bahinis in Meghalaya sector. Hamid recalled of moving around extensively in places like Shillong and Tura in Garo Hills working for the Liberation War.
�I travelled around Shillong and Tura during the Liberation War to organise Mukti Bahinis along Indo-Bangla border. It�s such an emotional moment to revisit some of these places,� Hamid said.
During his visit to Balat, Hamid said he visited some of the places where Mukti Bahinis set up their command centre, but added that due to his tight schedule, he couldn�t visit some of the places that he would have otherwise loved to.
�There are many burials places of Mukti Bahinis in the area (Balat) and I wish I had the time to visit these burial sites,� he said.