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President, PM pay tributes to martyred intellectuals

  • Published at 03:38 am December 14th, 2019
Sheikh Hasina and Abdul Hamid Pays Tribute to the martyrs
President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina pay rich tributes to the martyred intellectuals on Saturday, December 14, 2019 BSS

After placing the wreaths, both stood in solemn silence for some time as a mark of profound respect to the memories of the illustrious sons of the soil

President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina have paid rich tributes to the martyred intellectuals on the occasion of the Martyred Intellectuals Day.

First the president and then the prime minister placed wreaths at the Martyred Intellectuals Memorial in Mirpur of Dhaka Saturday morning, reports UNB.

After placing the wreaths, both stood in solemn silence for some time as a mark of profound respect to the memories of the illustrious sons of the soil.

A smartly turned out contingent of Bangladesh Armed Forces gave a state salute while the bugle played the last post at that time.

President Abdul Hamid pays rich tributes to the martyred intellectuals on Saturday, December 14, 2019 | BSSLater, the president talked to the war-wounded freedom fighters and the family members of the martyred intellectuals and enquired about their wellbeing.

Flanked by central leaders of the party, Sheikh Hasina, also the president of Bangladesh Awami League, placed another wreath at the Martyred Intellectuals Memorial as the party chief.

The prime minister later went to Dhanmondi in the capital and placed a wreath at the portrait of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in front of Bangabandhu Memorial Museum, marking the Martyred Intellectuals Day.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina pays rich tributes to the martyred intellectuals on Saturday, December 14, 2019 | BSSAfter placing the wreath, she stood there for some time as a mark of profound respect to the memory of Bangabandhu, the architect of the country's independence.

Flanked by central leaders of the party, Sheikh Hasina laid another wreath at the portrait of Bangabandhu as the party chief.

On the night of December 14 in 1971, Bangalee intellectuals, including professors, journalists, doctors, artistes, engineers and writers, were picked up in Dhaka by the Pakistani occupation forces in collusion with their local collaborators.

The intellectuals were taken to torture cells in Mirpur, Mohammadpur, Nakhalpara, Rajarbagh and other locations in different parts of the city and later executed en masse at different killing grounds, most notably Rayerbazar and Mirpur.

Since then, the day is being observed as the Martyred Intellectuals Day.

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