Freedom Fighter Bir Protik Kakon Bibi has passed away on Wednesday night. She was reportedly aged 100.
Bir Protik Noorjahan Kakon Bibi, who fought the Pakistani forces during Bangladesh's Liberation War of 1971, has died. The freedom fighter, said to be 100 years old, died at Sylhet MAG Osmani Medic al College Hospital around 11:00 p.m. on Wednesday (Mar 21), hospital sources told media.
She was hospitalized on Monday with breathing problems. Kakon Bibi underwent treatment at the hospital in July last year after she had suffered a minor heart attack.
She left home for war in 1971 but was held and tortured by the Pakistani occupation forces. She, later, took training on operating arms and joined freedom fighter Rahmat Ali. She also worked as a secret agent for the Muktibahini (the guerrilla resistance movement formed by the Bangladeshi military, paramilitary and civilians during the War of Liberation).
Kakon Bibi took bullets while fighting at Tengratila in Sylhet in November. The injury marks are still visible on her knee. She fearlessly fought the war at multiple locations across the northeastern district.
Bangladesh government honored her with Bir Protik, the fourth highest gallantry award in Bangladesh, in 1996.
Kakon Bibi along with her family was living at Jirargaon of Doarabazar upazila in Sunamganj district.