PM and President pay tributes to martyred intellectuals
DHAKA, Dec 14, 2014 Nirapad News : Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and President Abdul Hamid this morning paid rich tributes to the martyred intellectuals by placing wreaths at the Martyred Intellectuals Memorial at Mirpur in the city on the occasion of the Martyred Intellectuals Day.
After placing the wreaths, the Prime Minister and President stood in solemn silence for some time as a mark of respect to the memories of the illustrious sons of the soil.
Later, they talked to the war-wounded freedom fighters and enquired about their wellbeing.
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, the chiefs of the three services and high civil and military officials were present.
Flanked by central leaders of the party, Sheikh Hasina, also the president of Bangladesh Awami League, laid another wreath at the Martyred Intellectuals Memorial as the party chief.
The Prime Minister later went to Dhanmondi in the capital and placed wreaths 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 respect to the memory of Bangabandhu, the architect of independence.
Flanked by central leaders of the party, Sheikh Hasina, also the president of Bangladesh Awami League, laid another wreath at the portrait of Bangabandhu as the party chief.
Industries Minister Amir Hossain Amu, Commerce Minister Tofail Ahmed, AL Advisory Council Member Suranjit Sengupta, MP, Liberation War Affairs Minister AKM Mozammel Haque, Prime Minister’s Security Adviser Major General (retd) Tariq Ahmed Siddique, State Minister for Science and Technology Yeafesh Osman, Awami League Joint General Secretary Mahbub-ul Alam Hanif and other central leaders of Awami League and its associate bodies were present on the occasion.
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, aided by 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.