Martyred Intellectuals Day observed

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14th December, 2019 08:42:20 printer

Martyred Intellectuals Day observed

The nation observed the Martyred Intellectuals Day 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.

President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina paid tributes to the martyred intellectuals placing wreaths at the Martyred Intellectuals' Mausoleum at Mirpur on Saturday morning.

Awami League placed wreaths at the Martyred Intellectuals' Mausoleum and Rayerbazar Killing Ground in the morning.

On this day in 1971, some of the 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.

Their bodies were later found at Rayerbazar, Mirpur and some other killing fields in the capital.

Pakistani forces and their local collaborators committed the cold-blooded mass murder to 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.

The government has chalked out elaborate programmes to observe the day.

President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina paid tributes to the martyred intellectuals in separate messages.

President Hamid, in his message, prayed for the departed souls of the martyrs and hoped that the country will fulfill their dreams.

Prime Minister Hasina, in her message, said it was a black day in the country’s history. She said the nation will remember their sacrifices with deep respect.

The President and Prime Minister placed wreaths at the Martyred Intellectuals Memorial in Mirpur in the morning.

Family members of the martyred and freedom fighters will place wreaths there before people from all walks of life pay tributes at the memorial in Mirpur and Rayerbazar Killing Ground in Mohammadpur.

Different socio-cultural and political organisations have taken various programmes. Bangladesh Television and private television channels will broadcast special programmes highlighting the significance of the day.


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