They paid homage by placing wreaths at the Central Shaheed Minar at one minute past midnight on Tuesday, as reported by BSS.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina arrived at the Shaheed Minar 10 minutes before the clock struck midnight, while President Abdul Hamid reached the Central Shaheed Minar seven minutes in advance.
President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina proceeded to the altar of the Central Shaheed Minar together at a slow pace, as the immortal song on Amar Ekushey--"Amar Bhaiyer Rakte Rangano Ekushey February"-- was playing.
The president was the first to lay the wreath at the Central Shaheed Minar. Just after the president, the premier placed her wreath.
Subsequently, they stood in solemn silence for some time as a mark of profound respect to the memories of the language heroes.
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President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina observed a minute of silence after laying the wreaths in honour of the language martyrs at the Central Shaheed Minar on February 21, 2017 Focus Bangla
Ministers, advisers to the Prime Minister, parliament members, chiefs of three services, diplomats, senior Awami League leaders and freedom fighters as well as high-ranking civil and military officials were present on the occasion.
Later, Speaker of the Jatiya Sangsad Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury, Deputy Speaker Fazley Rabbi Mia and Leader of the Opposition Raushan Ershad placed wreaths at the Central Shaheed Minar.
Visiting Norwegian Foreign Minister Børge Brende, the mayors of Dhaka North and South City Corporations and chiefs of three services also placed wreaths at the Shaheed Minar.
On arrival at the Shaheed Minar, the President was received by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Vice Chancellor of Dhaka University Professor Dr AAMS Arefin Siddique.
Flanked by cabinet members and senior leaders of the party, Sheikh Hasina, also the President of Bangladesh Awami League, later placed another wreath at the Shaheed Minar on behalf of the party.