RAJSHAHI: The Rajshahi University (RU) authorities on Tuesday observed the Martyred Intellectuals Day in a befitting manner.
A series of programmes were held to observe the day which include -- hoisting of black flags, placing wreaths to the Martyred Intellectuals Graveyard, offering special prayers and holding discussions on the supreme sacrifice of the most enlightened sons of the soil.
A discussion was held at the premises of Martyred Intellectuals’ Memorial with RU VC Golam Sabbir Sattar in the chair and Professor Chowdhury Julfikar Matin spoke at the programme as the keynote speaker while Pro VC Professor Dr Sultan-Ul-Islam preside over the programme.
While addressing the programme, RU VC said, “Intellectuals motivated Bengalees in the liberation war. The then Pakistan Intelligence wing head had long been planning to make this country ignoramus. The plan was finalised on 14th December in 1971. They killed intellectuals by using some traitors of this country. But in the long 50 years, a thick layer of sand has accumulated on the history of our liberation war.” The VC also said that the Pakistani invaders wanted to make this country unintelligent by the killing of intellectuals.
Later, in the evening, holds a candlelight vigil at the Shaheed Buddhijibi Chattar and the play ‘Jayajayita’ was staged under the direction of Kaushik Sarkar. The documentary ‘Rakte Jara Shudhlo Mayer Rin and Baddhabhumite Akdin were screened at Sabas Bangladesh.
Earlier, university teachers, students, officers and employees gathered at the premises of Martyred Intellectuals’ Memorial and paid tribute to the Martyred Intellectuals Graveyard near Shahid Shamsuzzoha Hall and other memorials in the different areas on the campus. Later, a special munajat, seeking eternal peace of Bangabandhu and other martyrs who laid down their lives for the independence of Bangladesh was also offered.