A sprawling park was inaugurated in Tripura named after the 1971 war hero Lance Naik Albert Ekka by CM Biplab Kumar Deb on Tuesday. Lance Naik Albert Ekka along with his comrades saved Agartala from Pakistani aggression during the 1971 War.
It was Ekka and his comrades who led the attack on the Pakistani troops occupying the Gangasagar Railway Station on December 3, 1971 and flushed them out. Security expert Manas Paul, who researched the Bangladesh Liberation War, mentioned that despite being fatally wounded Ekka took on Pakistani firing relentlessly.
Agartala Mayor Prafulla Jit Sinha said the park has been developed by the Agartala Municipal Corporation in association with Tripura’s Forest Department at a cost of Rs 1.22 crore, situated adjoining the army complexes at Lichu Bagan.
Ekka received Param Vir Chakra — the highest gallantry award for war in the eastern frontier. CM Deb said that he would speak to Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das and army officials to extend their help to add more objects to the display.
A postal stamp in Ekka’s memory was issued on the 50th Republic Day in 2000. Bangladesh also conferred on Ekka, the Friends of Liberation War honour for his outstanding support and sacrifice to the 1971 War as a foreigner.