Martyred Intellectuals’ Day observed with due respect


GBnews 24 desk//

The nation yesterday observed the Martyred Intellectuals’ Day paying glowing tributes to the intellectuals who were brutally killed by the Pakistan occupation forces and their local collaborators at the fag-end of the country’s Liberation War in 1971.

Sensing a humiliating defeat, the retreating Pakistani occupation forces and their local collaborators – Rajakars, Al- Badrs and Al- Shams — dragged off the frontline Bangalee intellectuals and worthy professionals from their houses on December 14 and assassinated them with the intention of crippling the newborn nation intellectually, reports BSS.

Marking the day, hundreds of people from all walks of life converged at the Martyred Intellectuals’ Mausoleum in Mirpur and the Rayer Bazar killing ground (Baddhobhumi) to pay their homage to the worthy sons of the soil.

The programmes of the day included raising of black flags and hoisting of the national flag half mast, placing of wreaths at the martyred intellectuals memorials and graveyards, discussions, lighting of candles in memory of the martyrs, morning marches, painting, general knowledge and hand writing competitions and milad and doa mahfils seeking eternal peace of the departed souls of the martyrs.

President M Abdul Hamid paid rich tributes to the martyred intellectuals by placing wreaths around 7:05 am at the Martyred Intellectuals Mausoleum at Mirpur, Dhaka.

He stood in solemn silence there for a few minutes as the bugle played the last post.

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