President tributes to martyred intellectuals

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Dhaka, December 14: President Abdul Hamid on Thursday paid his respect to the intellectuals killed by the Pakistan occupation army and their local collaborators at the fag-end of the country’s Liberation War in 1971.

The president placed the wreaths in the morning by placing floral wreaths at Martyred Intellectuals’ Memorial at Mirpur in Dhaka.

Earlier at dawn, the President returned home after participating OIC summit from Turkey.

A smartly turned out contingent of armed forces showed guard of honor to the Martyred Intellectuals.

Later, the President stood in solemn silence for some time as the bugle played the last post.

On the day in 1971, renowned academics, doctors, engineers, journalists, teachers and other eminent personalities were dragged out of their homes, blindfolded, and taken to unknown places and then brutally tortured and slaughtered.

The martyred intellectuals included, among others, Prof Munier Chowdhury, Dr Alim Chowdhury, Prof Muniruzzaman, Dr Fazle Rabbi, Sirajuddin Hossain, Shahidullah Kaiser, Prof GC Dev, Jatirmoy Guha Thakurta, Prof Santosh Bhattacharya, Mofazzal Haider Chowdhury, journalists Khandaker Abu Taleb, Nizamuddin Ahmed, SA Mannan, Syed Nazmul Haq, ANM Golam Mustafa and Selina Parvin.

These killings took place mainly between December 10 and 14 in 1971, just before the surrender of the Pak army on December 16.

After killing the intellectuals, their bodies were dumped at Rayerbazar in Mirpur and some other slaughtering fields.

Since the independence of the country, the nation observes December 14 as Martyred Intellectuals Day every year and pays tribute to the liberation heroes.

First Prime Minister of Bangladesh Tajuddin Ahmed declared December 14 as the Martyred Intellectuals’ Day.