The Indian Army observed Vijay Diwas today to commemorate the Indian Armed Forces' victory in the 1971 Indo-Pak War. Wreaths were strewn at several war memorials in West Bengal and Sikkim to memorialize the courageous individuals who died during the war. Every year on December 16, the country commemorates the victory of the Indian Armed Forces in the Indo-Pak War of 1971. Over 93,000 Pakistani soldiers surrendered to the combined forces of the Indian Army and the "Mukti Bahini" on this day in 1971, the struggle that led to the independence of East Pakistan and the formation of Bangladesh. The Kripan Division held Bogra Day to honor the victory in the Battle of Bogra. In commemorating the gallant soldiers, the General Officer Commanding Kripan Division lay a wreath at the Bogra War Memorial in Binnaguri, West Bengal. Then Victory Park was dedicated. The park commemorates the Indian Army's victory against the Pakistan Army in 1971.
The Battle of Bogra has a unique history in the 1971 Bangladesh Liberation War as it was the only battle fought in a major township. Bogra was important in the northwest region as it was the district headquarters and an important communication center. The Indian Army's main objective was to control Bogra, thereby driving out Pakistani forces in the north from the rest of East Pakistan.