Bir Bikrom UK Ching Marma, the well known Bangladeshi freedom fighter died on 25 July 2014. He was 76. He died at Chittagong Medical College Hospital due to brain stroke.
He was given state honour at his Langipara home, about 2 kilometres from the district town, in presence of top officials of district administration, police and army.
U K Ching was the only person of ethnic minority origin to be awarded Bir Bikrom for his contribution to the country’s Liberation War in 1971. He belonged to the Marma community.
About UK Ching
• UK Ching was born in 1937 in a Marma family of Chittagong Hill Tracts (now in Bangladesh) of British India
• Ching was the only ethnic minority origin person to be awarded with Bir Bikram for his contribution to the country’s Liberation War in 1971
• He served Bangla rebels in the Bangladesh war, he participated in the Liberation War along with nine of his colleagues in 1971, while being posted at Rangpur’s Hatibandha border outpost as a Nayek
• He served East Pakistan Rifles (now known as the Bangladesh Rifles) in 1952 and retired in 1982
About Bir Bikrom
Bir Bikrom, literally means Valiant hero in Bengali, is the third highest gallantry award in Bangladesh. Like the other gallantry awards, this was introduced immediately after the Bangladeshi Liberation War in 1971. Bir Bikrom was awarded to 175 fighters.
When: on 25 July 2014
Why: due to brain stroke