President pays tributes to martyred intellectuals

DHAKA, President M Abdul Hamid today paid rich tributes to the martyred intellectuals by placing wreaths at the Martyred Intellectuals Mausoleum at Mirpur here on the occasion of Martyred Intellectuals Day.

The President placed the wreaths around 7:05 am to pay homage to the

great heroes, who embraced martyrdom for the cause of the country and the

nation, a day before the final victory during the 1971 Liberation War.

President Abdul Hamid stood in solemn silence there for a few minutes as

the bugle played the last post.

After placing the wreaths, the President also talked to the warwounded

freedom fighters and family members of the martyred intellectuals there and

enquired about their wellbeing.

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.

On this day in 1971, the illustrious sons of the soil were brutally

killed at the end of the Liberation War as the Pakistani occupation forces

with the help of their local collaborators Razakar, AlBadr and AlShams

abducted intellectuals and professionals sensing their imminent defeat.

The intellectuals were taken blindfolded to torture cells in Mirpur,

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

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

notably Rayerbazar and Mirpur to cripple the nation intellectually.

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

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)