The nation on Saturday observed the Martyred Intellectuals Day with a call to draw up a flawless list of martyred intellectuals.
They also urged the government to bring fugitive war criminals and killers of intellectuals back home and execute the court verdict against them.Placing wreaths at the Martyred Intellectuals Memorial at Mirpur in the capital, children of the martyred intellectuals urged the government to prepare a proper list of martyred intellectuals.
“A correct list of the martyred intellectuals has to be made,” Nuzhat Chowdhury, daughter of Dr Alim Chowdhury, said.
She also urged the government to write a correct list of the Rajakars, Al-Badrs and Al-Shams and execute the court verdict against the absconding Rajakars.“We, who are the children of the martyred intellectuals and believe in the spirit of independence, must be united,” she said.
She deplored the fact that Chowdhury Mueen Uddin and Ashrafuzzaman Khan who were directly involved in the gruesome killing of intellectuals only two days before the country’s independence in 1971 are yet to be executed, as they have been living abroad.
Sensing their immediate defeat, the Pakistani forces and their local collaborators drew up a plan to annihilate the intelligentsia to cripple the nation.
As per their plan, Pakistani occupation forces and their local collaborators picked up educationists, writers, journalists, physicians and cultural activists from their homes on December 14 in 1971 and took them blindfolded to the killing grounds and murdered them in one of the history’s most infamous intellectual pogroms.Prof Muneir 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, ANM Golam Mustafa, Syed Nazmul Haq and Selina Parvin were among the martyred intellectuals.
On the occasion, President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina paid homage to the martyred intellectuals. The President and the Prime Minister placed wreaths at the Martyred Intellectuals’ Memorial at Mirpur in the capital.
The President along with the head of the government stood in solemn silence there for some time as a mark of profound respect to the memories of the martyred intellectuals.
Earlier, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina received the President on his arrival at Martyred Intellectuals Memorial at 7:00 am. After placing wreaths, the President and the Premier talked to the war-maimed freedom fighters and family members of the martyred intellectuals there and inquired after their health.
Later, flanked by central leaders of the party, Sheikh Hasina, also the president of Awami League, placed another wreath at the Martyred Intellectuals’ Memorial as the party chief.
Law enforcement agencies were put on alert in and around the two memorial sites while movement of traffic was restricted on the road stretching from Mirpur Section 1 to the memorial till midday.
Besides, people around the country observed the day by holding various programmes, including discussions, human chains, silent processions and other cultural programmes. The national flags flew at half-mast atop all the government offices and educational institutions.
Jatiya Party, Bangladesh Nationalist Party, Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JSD), Workers Party of Bangladesh, Communist Party of Bangladesh and Bangladesher Samajtantrik Dal (BaSoD) paid homage to the martyred intellectuals.
Dhaka University organised a discussion at the Teacher-Student-Centre with Vice Chancellor Prof M Akhtaruzzaman in the chair.
Different professional, social and cultural organisations, including Jatiya Press Club, Dhaka Reporters’ Unity, Crime Reporters Association of Bangladesh, Bangabandhu Gabeshana Parishad, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, Bangla Academy, National Museum, Bangabandhu Parishad, Sammilito Sangskritik Jote, Sector Commanders’ Forum and Liberation War Museum also paid homage to the martyred.
Meanwhile, the ‘Martyred Intellectuals Day’ was observed with due respect and solemnity in the port city as elsewhere of the country.
Chattogram City Corporation (CCC) Mayor and city Awami League (AL) General Secretary AJM Nasir Uddin placed floral wreath at the Shaheed Minar and the memorial set up at Pahartali Mass-killing ground in the morning.
City unit AL Acting President Mahtab Uddin Chowdhury, Vice Presidents Advocate Naim Uddin Chowdhury, Advocate Ibrahim Hossain Chowdhury Babul, Khorshed Alam Sujon, Organising Secretaries Noman Al Mahmud and Chowdhury Hasan Mahmud Hasni also placed floral wreaths at the Central Shaheed Minar.
Chattogram Press Club and Chittagong Union of Journalists’ (CUJ) placed floral wreaths to pay homage to the martyred.
In Tears, Spirit : People from all walks of life and various socio-cultural organisations as well as political parties pay their tribute to the martyred intellectuals by placing wreaths at Martyred Intellectuals' Memorial in Mirpur and the monument at Rayer Bazar mass grave in the city on Saturday, marking the Martyred Intellectuals' Day.
Family members of the martyred intellectuals
Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal
Wreaths and bouquets pile up at Rayer Bazar mass grave
Children of Kendrio Khelaghar Asar stage a mock mass killing of intellectuals.