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Martyred Intellectuals Day today
Nation paying rich tribute to heroes

Staff Reporter:

The nation is observing the Martyred Intellectuals Day today to commemorate the intellectuals killed systematically by Pakistan occupation forces and their local collaborators at the fag-end of the Liberation War in 1971.
On this day in 1971, the country’s renowned academicians, doctors, engineers, journalists, artists, teach-ers and other eminent personalities were dragged out of their homes, blindfolded and taken to unknown places and then brutally tortured and murdered.
Their bodies were later dumped at Rayerbazar, Mirpur and some other killing fields in the capital.
Sensing an imminent defeat, the Pakistani forces and their local collaborators like Al-Badr, Al-Shams and Razakar committed the cold-blooded mass murders aiming to annihilate the country’s intelligentsia and cripple emerging Bangladesh intellectually.
Among the martyred intellectuals are Prof Munier Chowdhury, Dr Alim Chowdhury, Prof Muniruz-zaman, Dr Fazle Rabbi, Sirajuddin Hossain, Shahidullah Kaiser, Prof GC Dev, JC Guha Thakurta, Prof Santosh Bhattacharya, Mofazzal Haider Chowdhury, journalists Khandaker Abu Taleb, Nizamuddin Ahmed, SA Mannan (Ladu Bhai), ANM Golam Mustafa, Syed Nazmul Haq and Selina Parvin.
The government has chalked out elaborate programmes to commemorate the December 14 tragedy.
President Mohammed Shahabuddin will pay rich tributes to the martyred intellectuals at 7:05 am while Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at 7:06 am at Mirpur Martyred Intellectuals’ Graveyard.
Meanwhile, the family members of the martyred intellectuals and freedom fighters under the leadership of the Liberation War Affairs Minister will pay homage to the martyred intellectuals at Mirpur Mar-tyred Intellectuals’ Graveyard at 7:20 am while at Rayer Bazar Intellectuals Memorial at 8:30 am.
The President and the Prime Minister issued separate messages marking the day.
The President in a message said, “I call upon all to play an effective role from their respective positions to build ‘Sonar Bangla’ imbued with spirit of the Liberation War and the sacrifice of the Martyred Intel-lectuals and.”
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, in her message urged all irrespective of party affiliation to get united against the killers of 1971, war criminal Jamaat, fundamentalists and perform their duties from their respective positions to continue the development spree of the country by resisting all conspiracies of an-ti-democratic forces.
Leaders and activists of different political and social organisations will also pay homage to the martyred intellectuals at Mirpur Martyred Intellectuals’ Graveyard.
Special doa and munajat will be offered at mosques, temples and churches marking the day.
Bangladesh Television and private television channels will broadcast special programmes highlighting the significance of the day.

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