Bangladesh is observing the Martyred Intellectuals Day to mark the day of brutality when Pakistani forces killed hundreds of intellectuals including teachers, doctors, journalists and others in Dhaka and other parts of Bangladesh in 1971.
On 14 December 1971, just two days before Bangladesh got liberation, the Pakistani occupation forces with the help of their local collaborators named Razakar, Al-Badr and Al-Shams, went on a torture and killing spree of the most prominent intellectuals of the country.
The horror of the torture and killing came to light after Bangladesh attained independence on 16 December 1971.
President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina paid tribute to the martyred intellectuals on Monday.
Wreaths were placed at the Martyred Intellectuals Memorial in Dhaka on their behalf.
Calling the martyred intellectuals as the conscience of the nation, President Abdul Hamid in his message said that they played a crucial role in the liberation war to create public opinion.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina called upon the people to unite against the conspiracies of the killers of 1971 and war criminals.
Leaders of political parties and people from all walks of life paid their respects to the martyred intellectuals at the memorial in Dhaka.
No large scale public function is being organised this year to mark this occasion due to the Corona pandemic.
Source: News On Air