President, PM pay rich tributes to martyred intellectuals
President M Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today paid profound respect and rich tributes to the best sons of the soil 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 as well as poverty-free country dreamt by Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
President Abdul Hamid, in his message, said the 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 that the occupation forces had brutally killed those intellectuals including academicians, physicians, litterateurs, journalists and artists just on the eve of the victory, which was an irreparable loss to the nation, he added.
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.
In her message, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said in the history of the liberation struggle of the Bangalee nation, the Martyred Intellectuals’ Day is a painful occasion.
She said when the country was close to achieve the final victory under the leadership of the greatest Bangalee of all time, Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the intellectuals were killed on December 14 by the occupation forces and their local collaborators like Razakars, Al-Badars and Al-Shams.
he 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.
Professor Mofazzal Haidar Chowdhury of Bangla Department of Dhaka University, Munir Chowdhury, Anwar Pasha, Shahidullah Kaisar, 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.
The Prime Minister said, “I pay deep respect to their memory and express profound sympathies to the bereaved members of their families.”
Sheikh Hasina also said the anti-liberation forces killed Bangabandhu 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 most war criminals have already been executed. Verdicts of other war criminals must be executed,” she said adding, none 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 said.
She called upon the people to come forward and work together to build “Sonar Bangla” dreamt by the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.