On March 26, 1971 valiant Bengalis of the then East Pakistan declared independence. The Father of the Nation Sheikh Mujibur Rahman asked his followers to pick up arms to resist Pakistani occupation forces, who had unleashed a genocide on the people the night before.Victory was finally achieved Dec 16 following a nine-month-long struggle and Bangladesh was born. Bangladesh is celebrating the day to mark its glorious triumph in the nine-month bloody war against the Pakistani occupation forces in 1971. On this historic day, it remembers the three million matyrs, who died for the independence of their beloved motherland. On this day in 1971, the chief of Pakistan's eastern army, General Amir Aabdullah Khan Niazi, surrendered with the more than 93,000 troops under his command, before the joint forces of Mukti Bahini and the Indian army led by General Jagjit Singh Aurora at the Ramna Race Course (now Suhrawardy Udyan) in Dhaka .