Glowing tributes to martyred intellectuals
Published : Sunday, 15 December, 2019 at 12:00 AM Count : 849
The nation on Saturday observed the Martyred Intellectuals' Day to recall the memories of the intellectuals killed by the Pakistani occupation forces on the day.
Only two days before the country's glorious victory for independence the occupational Pakistan army in collusion with their local collaborators - Al-Badr, Al-Shams and Razakars - on December 14 of 1971 killed the country's most prominent intellectuals to cripple the newly emerging nation of Bangladesh.
Pakistan visibly engaged the auxiliary forces like Al-Badr and Al-Shams forces on December 14, 1971 to carry out a systematic campaign to kill the most
eminent academics and professionals like doctors, engineers and journalists to make the newborn nation intellectually barren.
A memorial erected in memory of the martyred intellectuals at Mirpur in the capital was covered in flowers on Saturday as national leaders and people from all walks of life paid their tributes to those valiant people.
The then government and freedom fighters, however, came to know the last brutal massacre only when the Pakistani troops surrendered on December 16, 1971 and their top accomplices mostly belonging to Jamaat-e-Islami.
Those who were murdered by Pakistan army on December 14 included Dr Alim Chowdhury, Dr Fazle Rabbi, Journalists Shahidullah Kaisar, Sirajudddin Hossain, Nizamuddin Ahmed, SA Mannan, Selina Parveen and litterateur Muneir Choudhury.
Most of the December 14 victims were picked up from their residences blindfolded and killed during December 10 to 14 in 1971.
President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina paid their homage to the martyred intellectuals on the day by placing wreaths at the Martyred Intellectual Monument at Mirpur.
After the President and Prime Minister, the Speaker of the Jatiya Sangsad and whips, ministers of the present cabinet, leaders of Awami League, BNP, Jatiya Party and other political parties and various other organizations also placed floral wreath at the monument.
A huge number of people, organizations and members of martyred and freedom fighters also placed wreaths at Martyred Intellectuals Memorial and Rayerbazar Killing Ground at Mohammadpur in the morning.
People from all walks of life have also placed wreaths at Martyred Intellectuals Memorial, honouring the greatest souls of the nation.
Marking the day, ruling Awami League and other political parties organized discussion meetings and various other programmes.
Dhaka University, different political, professional, social and cultural organisations, including Jatiya Press Club, Dhaka Reporters Unity, Jatiya Party, Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal, Communist Party of Bangladesh, Socialist Party of Bangladesh (SPB), Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, Bangla Academy, National Museum, Bangabandhu Parishad, Sammilito Sangskritik Jote, Sector Commanders' Forum and Liberation War Museum and Bangabandhu Gabeshana Parishad also organized discussion meetings marking the day.