President, prime minister pay tributes to martyred intellectuals

Pakistani forces, with help of their local collaborators, killed most prominent intellectuals of Bangladesh on this day in 1971

President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina have paid rich tributes to the martyred intellectuals by placing wreaths at the Martyred Intellectuals Memorial in Dhaka’s Mirpur to mark the Martyred Intellectuals Day.

On behalf of the president, his Military Secretary Major General S M Salah Uddin Islam placed a wreath at the monument on Tuesday morning to pay tribute to those who lost lives just days before Bangladesh's victory in the War of Liberation in 1971, reports BSS.

Meanwhile, on behalf of the prime minister, her Military Secretary Major General Naqib Ahmed Chowdhury placed a wreath at the memorial to pay homage to the great heroes of the country.

The day is being observed on a limited scale due to the Covid-19 situation.

Just two days before the country’s final victory for independence on this day 50 years ago, the Pakistani forces, with the help of their local collaborators, killed the most prominent intellectuals of the country.

As many as 200 illustrious sons of the soil, including professors, journalists, doctors, artistes, engineers and writers, were abducted from their respective residences blindfolded from December 10 to December 14 in 1971.

They were first taken blindfolded to torture cells in Mirpur, Mohammadpur, Nakhalpara, Rajarbagh and other clandestine locations in different parts of the city.

Afterwards, they were put to death en masse at different killing grounds, most notably Rayerbazar and Mirpur, in a bid to cripple the newly emerging Bangladesh intellectually.

Those who faced the killers’ wrath on December 14, 1971 included Dr Alim Chowdhury and Dr Fazle Rabbi, journalists Shahidullah Kaisar, Sirajuddin Hossain, Nizamuddin Ahmed, SA Mannan and Selina Parveen, and litterateur Munier Choudhury.

Since then, the day is observed as the Martyred Intellectuals Day.

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