PM pays homage to martyred intellectuals

DHAKA, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today paid rich tributes to the martyred intellectuals on the occasion of the Martyred Intellectuals Day.

The premier paid the homage by placing a wreath at the Martyred

Intellectuals Memorial at Mirpur in the city this morning.

After placing the wreath, she stood in solemn silence for some time as a

mark of profound respect to the memories of the illustrious sons of the soil.

A smartly turned out contingent of Bangladesh Armed Forces gave a state

salute while the bugle played the last post at that time.

Members of the cabinet, parliament members, the chiefs of the three

services, the mayor of Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) as well as high

civil and military officials were present.

Flanked by central leaders of the party, Sheikh Hasina, also the president

of Bangladesh Awami League, placed another wreath at the Martyred

Intellectuals Memorial as the party chief.

Later, she talked to the warwounded freedom fighters and the family

members of the martyred intellectuals and enquired about their wellbeing.

The premier later went to Dhanmondi in the capital and placed a wreath at

the portrait of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in

front of Bangabandhu Memorial Museum, marking the Martyred Intellectuals Day.

After placing the wreath, she stood there for some time as a mark of

profound respect to the memory of Bangabandhu, the architect of the country's

independence.

Flanked by central leaders of the party, Sheikh Hasina laid another wreath

at the portrait of Bangabandhu as the party chief.

On the night of December 14 in 1971, over 200 Bangalee intellectuals,

including professors, journalists, doctors, artistes, engineers and writers,

were picked up in Dhaka by the Pakistani occupation forces in collusion with

their local collaborators.

The intellectuals were taken blindfolded to torture cells in Mirpur,

Mohammadpur, Nakhalpara, Rajarbagh and other locations in different parts of

the city and later executed en masse at different killing grounds, most

notably Rayerbazar and Mirpur.

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

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)