President, PM pay respect to martyred intellectuals

President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today paid profound respect to the best sons of the country on the occasion of the "Martyred Intellectuals Day".

In separate messages, the President and the Prime Minister urged the people from all strata to come forward being inspired with the spirit of War of Liberation to build a knowledge-based society.

President Abdul Hamid said intellectuals had played a very significant role and worked as the conscience of the nation in advancing the Liberation War towards its successful end.

But it is unfortunate, he said, the occupation forces had brutally killed those intellectuals including academics, physicians, litterateurs, journalists, artists and such other professionals just on the eve of the victory.

The President called upon all to be imbued with the spirit of patriotism of the martyred intellectuals and work together to develop a merit-based nation.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said in the history of the liberation struggle of the Bangalee nation, the Martyred Intellectuals' Day is a painful event.

She said when the country was closer to achieve the final victory under the leadership of the greatest Bangalee of all times, Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, they were killed on December 14 by the occupation forces and their local auxiliary forces like Razakars, Al-Badars and Al-Shams.

The anti-liberation forces wanted to deprive the nation of its best intellectual wealth by killing them, the Prime Minister said, adding the nation lost the best sons of the soil in the massacre.

Prof Mofazzal Haidar Chowdhury of Bengalee Department of Dhaka University, Prof Munir Chowdhury, Prof Anwar Pasha, Prof Shahidullah Kaisar, Prof Gias Uddin, Dr Fazle Rabbi, Abdul Alim Chowdhury, Siraj Uddin Hossain, Selina Parveen and Dr Joytirmay Guha Thakurada were among those who were killed by the occupation forces and their Collaborators.

She said, "I pay deep respect to their memory and express profound sympathies to the bereaved members of their families."

Sheikh Hasina also said that the anti-liberation forces killed Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and most of his family members on August 15 in 1975. They introduced fundamentalism, terrorism in the country and nourished communalism, she said, adding that they ruled the country from 2001 to 2006.

"We have brought the killers of the martyred intellectuals under trial and verdicts of some war criminals have already been implemented. Verdicts of other war criminals must also be implemented," she said adding, no one can divert the nation from this process.

The country will be freed from stigma through implementation of all judgments of war crime cases, the Prime Minister added.

The Prime Minister called upon the people of the country to come forward and work together to build "Sonar Bangla" as was dreamt by the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)