The nation is set to observe the Martyred Intellectuals Day on Thursday to commemorate those intellectuals who were killed systematically by the Pakistan occupation army and their local collaborators at the fag-end of the country’s Liberation War in 1971.
On this day in 1971, country’s renowned academicians, doctors, engineers, journalists, artists, teachers and other eminent personalities were dragged out of their homes, blindfolded and taken to unknown places and then brutally tortured and slaughtered.
Their bodies were later dumped at Rayerbazar, Mirpur and some other killing fields in the capital.
Sensing an imminent defeat, the Pakistani forces and local collaborators like Al-Badr, Al-Shams and Razakar forces committed the cold-blooded mass murders aiming to annihilate the country's intelligentsia and cripple the emerging Bangladesh intellectually.
Among the martyred intellectuals are Prof Munier Chowdhury, DrAlim Chowdhury, Prof Muniruzzaman, Dr Fazle Rabbi, Sirajuddin Hossain, Shahidullah Kaiser, Prof GC Dev, JC Guha Thakurta, Prof Santosh Bhattacharya, Mofazzal Haider Chowdhury, journalists Khandaker Abu Taleb, Nizamuddin Ahmed, SA Mannan (Ladu Bhai), ANM Golam Mustafa, Syed Nazmul Haq and Selina Parvin.
The government has chalked out elaborate programmes to commemorate the December 14 tragedy.
Besides, different socio-cultural and political organisations have taken various programmes that include seminars, discussions and wreath-laying at Mirpur Martyred Intellectuals Graveyard and Intellectuals’ Memorial at Rayerbazar.
President Abdul Hamid will pay tributes to the martyred intellectuals placing wreaths at the Martyred Intellectuals’ Mausoleum at Mirpur in the morning after his return from Turkey.
Awami League will place wreaths at the Martyred Intellectuals’ Mausoleum and Rayerbazar Killing Ground in the morning.
BNP will pay homage to the martyred intellectuals, led by party Chairperson Khaleda Zia, at Mirpur Martyred Intellectuals’ Memorial in the morning.