President, PM pay tributes to martyred intellectuals

President M Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today paid tributes to the martyred intellectuals by placing wreaths at the Martyred Intellectuals Memorial in Mirpur this morning, marking Martyred Intellectuals Day.

On behalf of the president, his Military Secretary, Major General S M Salah Uddin Islam, placed a wreath at the monument this morning.

On behalf of the premier, her Military Secretary, Major General Naqib Ahmed Chowdhury, laid the wreath around 7:05 am 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 ahead of the country’s final victory for independence, on this day 50 years back, the Pakistani occupation forces with the help of their local collaborators — Razakar, Al-Badr, and Al-Shams — killed the most prominent intellectuals of the country.

As many as 200 illustrious intellectuals, including professors, journalists, doctors, artists, engineers, and writers, were abducted from their respective residences blindfolded from December 10 to 14 in 1971.

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

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

Those who were exposed to 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.