President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina placed wreath at the Martyred Intellectuals Memorial at Mirpur in the capital today.
The President placed the wreaths around 7:05 am to pay homage to the
great heroes, who embraced martyrdom for the cause of the country and the
nation, a day before the final victory during the 1971 Liberation War.
President Abdul Hamid stood in solemn silence there for a few minutes asthe bugle played the last post.
After placing the wreaths, the President also talked to the war-wounded
freedom fighters and family members of the martyred intellectuals there and
enquired about their wellbeing.
The premier paid the homage by placing a wreath at the Martyred Intellectuals Memorial at Mirpur in the city this morning.
After placing the wreath, she stood in solemn silence for some time as a mark of profound respect to the memories of the illustrious sons of the soil.
A smartly turned out contingent of Bangladesh Armed Forces gave a state salute while the bugle played the last post at that time.
The nation is observing the Martyred Intellectuals Day to commemorate those intellectuals who were killed systematically by the Pakistan occupation forces 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, Dr Alim 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.