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Bangladesh President visits site of Liberation War

IANS  |  Shillong 

on Friday visited Balat, a border town in where he set up a camp for Bangladeshi youths taking part in the Liberation War in 1971.

Hamid is on a five-day visit to He will visit to attend the (ISA) Summit on March 11.

"My visit to was an emotional experience. The Liberation War of was a tough and difficult time," Hamid told journalists recalling how the Liberation Force (Mukti Bahini) camped in in places near the Indo-Bangla border, around Shillong and Tura.

Hamid interacted with the villagers at market and recollected his past as a of the Mujib Bahini, Peter S. Dkhar, the of East Khasi Hills, told IANS.

Hamid established a youth reception camp at for Bangladeshi youths and acted as of the camp at that time.

a border town near the India-border, 74 km by road from Meghalaya's capital Shillong.

The Bangladeshi was flown in an helicopter from

Upon his arrival in Shillong, received him and he was accorded a red carpet welcome.

In Shillong, Hamid visited the Brookside and Jit Bhumi in Rilbong where Rabindranath Tagore stayed.

He said that India-relations were deep-rooted and had always helped in difficult times.

"provided and shelter to the Mukti Bahinis helped in the war of Liberation," Hamid said.

Sangma, who called on Hamid, sought improved business trade relations between and in the interest of the people residing across the border.



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First Published: Fri, March 09 2018. 20:58 IST