Dhaka – The nation paid floral respect to intellectuals who were brutally killed by the Pakistani occupation forces and their local cohorts at the fag-end of Bangladesh’s 1971 liberation war.
The Pakistani forces and their local collaborators killed the brightest professionals, teachers and thinkers among others only two days ahead of Bangladesh achieved the victory on December 16, 1971.
The December 14 assassinations were targeted by the defeated forcers to cripple the newborn nation intellectually.
Hundreds of people converged at the Martyred Intellectuals’ Mausoleum in Mirpur and the Rayer Bazar killing ground to pay homage to the worthy sons of the soil as Bangladesh marks the day as ‘Martyred Intellectuals Day’.
The programmes of the day included raising of black flags and hoisting of the national flag at half-mast, placing of wreaths at the martyred intellectuals memorials and graveyards, discussions, lighting of candles in memory of the martyrs, morning marches, painting exhibitions, general knowledge and hand writing competitions.
President Abdul Hamid placed floral wreaths at the Martyred Intellectuals Mausoleum at Mirpur in the morning. Major Gen Mia Md Jainul Abedin placed the flower on behalf of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, who was on her way to Dhaka from Paris.
Leaders of different political parties, ministers, lawmakers, activists of cultural and social organisations also placed wreaths at the memorials and graveyards.
President Hamid talked to the war-wounded freedom fighters and family members of the martyred intellectuals after placing the wreaths.