সাক্ষাৎকারঃ ক্যাপ্টেন মাহবুবর রহমান
During the 4th week of June 71 Col Osmani, C-in, Bangladesh Army posted Major Shafaat Jamil from 4 E Bengal Regt as the new Commanding Officer of 3 E Bengal Regt. Capt Motiur Rahman disembarked from the aircraft with our new CO. We were extremely glad to see him, but he was not to be with us as he was posted elsewhere. Along with him arrived a surprise for us. In the 1st week of July it was informed through a secret source that 3 E Bengal Regt will move to some other part of Bangladesh to carryout operation. And suddenly in short notice the battalion started off for its new destination. After 5/6 days journey the battalion re3ached at a place called Tel Dhala in the state of Meghalaya. There the first brigade of Bangladesh Army was formed. This brigade was put under the command of Major Zia-ur-Rahman which was later on named 'Z' force after the name of its first commander.
In Tel Dhala the strength of the battalion was made full by recruiting new boys from EPR, Police, Ansar, Mujahid and Students and training them.
After going through proper training the comd 'Z' force distributed “area of operation to the individual battalion. The battalions were to carry out certain operation in their area of responsibilities during the course of their training. During this time our battalion carried out different operations in Bahadurabad Ghat. Dewangonj, Jamalpur and earned good fame. In Rangpur this battalion had been holding certain areas of Roumari, Ulipur, Chilmari which the Pak Army after repeated attacks could never occupy.
In Kodal Kati, Ilazir Char, Roumari Pak Army lost many motor launches, steamers, arms and ammunitions, lost may lives to this battalion. It is notable that during this period Bangladesh Army was unable to hold any land inside Bangladesh other than 3 1 Bengal Regt. Many well-known personalities like photographer and a journalist sent by Edward Kennedy in order to witness the liberated areas of Mukti Bahini came to Roumari which was occupied by 3 E Bengal Regt and was free since then. It was shown to them how 3 E Bengal fought with the enemy and got victory with its brave Mukti Bahini. It was also shown how this battalion occupied enemy territory, got arms and ammunition, motor launch from the enemy. An interview with Major Ziauddin Commanding Officer of 1 E Bengal Regt also shown. In that, Major Ziauddin tells how he crossed over from Rawalpindi.
In the second week of September the area of operation for 3 E Bengal was changed by Col Osmani with the consultation of Commander of friendly forces and once again the battalion started for an unknown destination. After few days of journey it came to Shillong. It was decided there that this battalion would attack Chhatak and Sunamgonj and occupy them. From there they would launch another attack on Sylhet town and occupy it. The battalion left Shillong and concentrated at a place called Pathorghata. In Pathorghata after going through some discussions and thorough planning the battalion commander issued certain orders to his company commanders. Capt Mohammad Anwar IIossain, Officer Commanding “A” Company and Major Akbar Hossain, Officer