Colonel Usmani, Commander-in-Chief of the Mukti Bahini guerrillas, flew into Dacca airport on Friday (24 December) to a Formal military welcome from his comrades.
GV Aircraft taxi-ing in
GV Soldiers of Mukti Bahini present arms as Colonel exits from aircraft, and is greeted (4 shots)
GV & CU Colonel Usmani salutes on dais (3 shots)
CU Soldiers salute as Colonel carries out inspection of guard of honour (3 shots)
CU Colonel talking to local group of Mikti Bahini, and leaves in car (3 shots)
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Background: Colonel Usmani, Commander-in-Chief of the Mukti Bahini guerrillas, flew into Dacca airport on Friday (24 December) to a Formal military welcome from his comrades.
It seems likely he will be playing a prominent role in preserving the rule of law for the new Bangladesh administration in East Pakistan, following an announcement by Bangladesh radio in Dacca on Sunday.
The broadcast praised the guerrillas for their role in the war against Pakistan, and said that talented members of the Mukti Bahini farce will form the leadership of a new Bangladesh National Militia.
SYNOPSIS: Colonel Usmani, the Commander in Chief of the Mukti Bahini guerrillas, flew into Dacca airport on Friday, to a greeting with full military honours from his comrades. The Mukti Bahini have played a major part in the creation of a Bangladesh administration in East Pakistan, and the Administration announced on Sunday that they will be formed into a national militia.
Colonel Usmani took the salute at the airport and later inspected a guard of honour. Talented members of his Mukti Bahini forces are to become, according to a Bangladesh radio broadcast, the leaders of the regular Bangladesh army, naval and air forces. They will also be given preference in a new police force to be established. The Bangladesh radio broadcast praised the guerrillas for their patriotism, courage and patience shown during the war, and asked them new to direct their endeavours to creating a happy and prosperous society. The new National Militia is to help maintain the rule of law while the administration's policies are implemented.