The Islamic University authorities will observe the Martyred Intellectuals Day and Victory Day on the campus in Kushtia on Monday and Wednesday respectively in a befitting manner.
A press release, signed by IU Information, Publication and Public Relations office deputy director Rajibul Islam Kanok, was issued in this regard on Saturday night.
Marking the Martyred Intellectuals Day, the university authorities chalked out elaborate programmes including holding candle vigil, hoisting of black flags, placing floral wreaths at the university’s Memorial Monument and offering special prayer for the eternal peace of the most enlightened sons of the land.
To mark the Victory Day, a series of programs were set including hoisting national and university flags atop IU administration building, releasing balloons in the sky, placing floral wreaths at Mukta Bangla, offering prayers and holding discussion.
The teachers, officials and students of the university led by its vice-chancellor Professor Shaikh Abdus Salam will pay homage at IU Memorial Monument and Mukta Bangla to mark the days, Rajibul Islam Kanok said.
The Martyred Intellectuals Day is observed on December 14 to commemorate those intellectuals who were killed systematically by the Pakistan occupation forces and their local collaborators at the fag-end of the country’s Liberation War in 1971.
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On this day in 1971, country’s renowned academicians, doctors, engineers, journalists, artists, teachers and other eminent personalities were dragged out of their homes, blindfolded and taken to unknown places and then brutally tortured and slaughtered.
Their bodies were later dumped at Rayerbazar, Mirpur and some other killing fields in the capital.
Sensing an imminent defeat, the Pakistani forces and local collaborators like Al-Badr, Al-Shams and Razakar forces committed the cold-blooded mass murders aiming to annihilate the country’s intelligentsia and cripple the emerging Bangladesh intellectually.
Meanwhile, Bangladesh will celebrate its 50th Victory Day on December 16 with paying deep homage to the martyrs who laid down their lives for the country during the Liberation War.
Bangladesh was born as an independent country on this day in 1971 when the Pakistani occupation forces surrendered after a nine-month bloody war in which three million people sacrificed their lives and hundreds of thousands of women were dishonoured.
Source: United News of Bangladesh