Bir Uttam Shamsul Alam dies, Indian High Commissioner pays tribute
Dhaka, December 10: Retired Bangladesh Air Force Group Captain Shamsul Alam (77), who won the title of Bir Uttam in the War of Independence, passed away at a private hospital in Dhaka on Thursday (December 8) around 5:15 pm.
Meanwhile, on Friday (December 9), the Indian High Commission in Dhaka paid tribute to Shamsul Alam by placing a wreath on his body.
According to the Indian High Commission, Shamsul Alam will be missed forever, never forgotten. Group Captain (retd) Shamsul Alam, Bir Uttam was a brave fighter of 'Kilo Flight', a combat aircraft formation formed by the Mukti Bahini during the 1971 Bangladesh Liberation War.
According to the High Commission, Shamsul Alam was among the large number of freedom fighters who fought alongside Indian soldiers in the 1971 Liberation War, whose sacrifice continues to inspire and strengthen the close bonds of friendship and solidarity between India and Bangladesh.
Shamsul Alam was awarded the Independence Medal by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in 2017 for his outstanding contribution to the freedom struggle.
On December 3, 1971, the Bangladesh Air Force launched a successful attack against the Pakistanis for the first time with the DHC-3 Otter aircraft. Apart from this, Group Captain Shamsul along with one of his associates attacked the oil depot of Eastern Refinery along the coast line of Chittagong.
President Md Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina have expressed deep grief and sorrow over the death of Shamsul Alam. In a separate condolence message, they prayed for the repose of the soul of late Shamsul Alam and expressed their deepest condolences to his bereaved family.