President pays tributes to martyred intellectuals


DHAKA, Dec 14, 2018 (BSS) – 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 war-wounded
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, Al-Badr and Al-Shams
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.