The newly appointed Bangladesh High Commissioner to India Muhammad Imran has visited a group of Bangladeshi freedom fighters under treatment at the Army Hospital (Research and Referral) in New Delhi.
The high commissioner met the freedom fighters, mostly in their 60s and 70s, on Friday and enquired about their ailments and the treatment they are receiving.
A total of 29 ailing freedom fighters arrived in India last week from Dhaka, said the Bangladesh High Commission in New Delhi on Saturday.
Fifteen of them got admitted to the specialised hospital in New Delhi and another 14 are receiving treatment in the Command Hospital in Pune.
The Indian government is extending treatment facilities to the war veterans under a five-year scheme that will provide treatment to 100 freedom fighters every year.
The scheme was officially announced by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the visit of Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to India in April, 2017.
The gesture came at a ‘Sammanona’ programme where the visiting Bangladesh Prime Minister personally honoured the families of Indian soldiers who sacrificed their lives during the nine-month Liberation War of Bangladesh.
During the interaction with the high commissioner, the freedom fighters expressed satisfaction at the treatment and the care they are receiving at the hospital.
He also met the Commandant of the Army Hospital (Research and Referral), Lt Gen Rajat Dutta who assured the best possible care for the freedom fighters.
Dutta appreciated the achievements of Bangladesh in the primary health care and growth of its pharmaceutical sector.
The envoy was accompanied by Zakir Ahmed, first secretary of the High Commission.