To my utter surprise the first enemy attack was repulsed. The rate of killing enemy on the open ground was fantastic. Within half an hour time our score was about 25 lying right on the open ground. Our single Medium Machine Gun helped a lot, no enemy could dare come forward alongside the main road.
Indian BOP on the other side of the border was guarded by only 15 men on that day. Two companies of Border Security Force was kept in reserve about 3 miles away for emergency. But unfortunately that emergency for them never came thought their own BOP was completely overrun by the Pak army about 1200 hours on that day. Couple of their sepoys died and a number of their weapons were taken away by the Pak troops . Second thrust came at about 0730 hours from front as well as from the right. Up to 1000 hours enemy could not remove us a single inch from our position. We had been running short of ammunition very rapidly. There was no source of replenishment. On request Border Security Force gave us few hundred rounds but later on they expressed their inability to give us more. By 1130 hours we completely had gone out of ammunition. Finding no other alternative I ordered my troops to pull back. Two of my men got caught in the enemy hand. Enemy continued their advance and crossed the International Boundary. Enemy's left flank had almost reached the right flank of Indian BOP. Border Security Force did not fire a single round till they were almost at the pint of charge by the enemy. They thought that Pak army will never dare cross the border. By 1200 hours Pak army overran the Indian BOP.
Though we were uprooted from our defence, we have achieved our aim in that battle. Enemy suffered 39 deaths casually. We lost only two and had few more minor injuries. We captured two Punjabis alive. Besides all these the confidence we got in that battle helped as a lot in all future confrontations.
On 1 June 71 Commander in Chief of Bangladesh Force Col (now Gen) M A G Osmani visited our area and assured us all possible help. Our strength kept on increasing day by day. On 10 June we established our Camp of Barapunji. The Sector Headquarter also shifted along. In the meantime India had started giving us arms and ammunition and rations. Our counterpart was India Echo Sector, responsible to look after us.
We organized training and it was going on in full swing. Newly trained Gono Bahini also started coming in. by mid June the strength of my Sub-Sector rose upto 6 hundred and all of them were provided with arms. Demolition of bridges and Railway lines were our routine task. In our entire area threw was not a single bridge left untouched. On the other hand Pak army atrocities in the border belt rose to its pick. Every night almost two third of us used to remain out on raid, ambush and harassing operations. Almost every day we used to come back with Punjabis or Razakars or collaborators alive to camp. I agree, sometime I was very ruthless with them. Now I wonder how all that was possible. I think it was probably the circumstances which changes a person.
Enemy brutality crossed all its limit. One day in July two of my guerrillas got caught in their hands. They slaughtered them in open ground like goats. I remember both of them were students of Intermediate Class. In another occasion they caught three of Our